Collective learning as a concept

Organizational learning might be explained starting from individual learning, but it is distinct of the sum of the individual learning processes. Even if the individual learning is an important asset, the group functions as a whole with own capabilities and characteristics. Thus, organizational learning may be more (desirable situation) but also may be less than the sum of individual learning processes. For both situations we may compare two examples of organizational environments. For the former situation, the United States organizational environment is strongly oriented towards objectives and based on procedures (the system is stronger than individual competencies). For the latter situation, Romanian institutional environment is characterized of a lack of organizational objectives and evaluation criteria; the procedures are defensive and reactive, rather than proactive. The system’s malfunctions have as a consequence a lower level of organizational learning than the sum of individual’s learning (people competency is satisfactory, but is poorly used by the institutional system).

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