Barriers to process learning: authority and anomie in regional clusters

P. Hibbert, C. Huxham, J. Sydow, G. Lerch

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    In this paper we consider the nature and implications of barriers to collaborative process learning that may occur in regional clusters. Our approach is rooted in research and interorganizational collaboration and focuses on interview-based research in photonics clusters in: Scotland and the West Midlands in the United Kingdom; Berlin-Brandenburg in Germany; and Arizona in the United States of America. From this research we develop characterizations of the barriers to collaborative process learning in clusters at three levels of analysis - the macro, micro and meso levels. We also develop an integrated conceptualization of these barriers, which reveals a difficult tension between 'authority' and 'anomie'. This tension has implications for the management of process learning, but also connects with recent debate about whether learning is most helpfully understood as an individual or collective process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)453-471
    Number of pages18
    JournalManagement Learning
    Issue number4
    Early online date22 Mar 2010
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


    • collaborative learning
    • network learning
    • knowledge management
    • interorganizational collaboration


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