Academic libraries as learning organizations: a review of the literature

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The aim of this literature review is to explore the theme of learning organizations in relation to academic libraries. Which are the concepts inherent in Senge’s theory? Why should they specially apply to academic libraries? Are there any case studies in literature? Is there some aspect which still needs to be explored in view of practical implementations? The focus is on practical considerations and experimentations in academic libraries.

Item type: Other
Keywords: learning organizations, University libraries, management of change
Subjects: F. Management.
Depositing user: Stefania Arabito
Date deposited: 08 Jun 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:11


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