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Organizational Learning in Asia

Issues and Challenges

Authors: Jacky Hong, Robin Snell, Chris Rowley Publisher: Elsevier Science Publication date: 2017 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 216 Publication formats: EAN: 9780128095805 ISBN: 9780128095805 Category: Economics, finance, business & management Publisher's index: C2015-0-04058-8 Bibliographic note: He is Editor of the leading journal Asia Pacific Business Review, Series Editor of the Working in Asia and Asian Studies book series. He has given a range of talks and lectures to universities and companies internationally with research and consultancy experience with unions, business and government. Professor Rowley has published widely in the area of HRM and Asian business, with over 500 articles, books and chapters and practitioner pieces.


Organizational Learning in Asia: Issues and Challenges addresses important and pressing questions on organizational learning in Asia in both domestic and foreign firms—those that have been forgotten in the mainstream literature or that remain unasked and unanswered.

Three sets of questions are especially salient. First, how can firms operating in, or from, Asia detect, respect, recognize, and honor different cultural stances on suggestion-giving, knowledge sharing, and standardization while also challenging accepted wisdom, avoiding risks and mistakes, and voicing disagreement?

Second, how can such firms facilitate local experimentation and innovation by providing a common knowledge platform in a non-totalitarian manner? Finally, how can such forums promote ‘reverse’ knowledge transfer from subsidiary to headquarters and across subsidiaries in different nations by avoiding ethnocentricity, cultivating local talent, and building a group of 'communities of practice' across cultural and status boundaries?

  • Addresses important and pressing questions about organizational learning in Asia for both domestic and foreign firms
  • Explores how such firms can facilitate local experimentation and innovation
  • Promotes ‘reverse’ knowledge transfer from subsidiary, to headquarters, and across subsidiaries in different nations

Author's affiliation

Jacky Hong: University of Macau
Robin Snell: Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Chris Rowley: Director of Research and Publications, HEAD F