Coping with Knowledge: Organizational Learning in the British Army?
Journal of Strategic Studies
Taylor & Francis
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Strategic Studies Volume 37, Issue 1, 2014 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01402390.2013.776958#.VTe8qJMTxVg
This article – based on data that employs interviews conducted with British Army personnel – adopts a social theory of learning in order to examine how both formal and informal learning systems have affected organizational learning within the Army in relation to the counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan. It argues that while the Army has adopted new, or reformed existing, formal learning systems, these have not generated a reconceptualization of how to conduct counterinsurgency warfare. It, furthermore, argues that while informal learning systems have enabled units to improve their pre-deployment preparations, these have created adaptation traps that have acted as barriers to higher-level learning.
Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 30–64.