Ideology in Vicarious Learning–Related Communication

Juha-Antti Lamberg*, Jukka Luoma

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Organizations often learn vicariously by observing what other organizations do. Our study examines vicarious learning-related communication through which individuals share their observations with other organizational members. Most students and members of present-day organizations would expect that this communication is driven by a prodevelopment logic-that communication serves the purpose of organizational improvement and competitiveness. Our unique historical evidence on learning-related communication over multiple decades shows that the subjective and collective attitude toward prodevelopment communication may be ideologically conditioned. Prodevelopment communication is the norm in capitalist organizations, but competing ideologies may emphasize other goals higher than organizational development. Consequently, increasing challenges to capitalism as the ideological basis of economic organization can have deep impacts on how organizations learn and produce innovations in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-730
Number of pages23
JournalOrganization Science
Issue number3
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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