The interplay between formality and informality in managed learning networks

Marshall, Nick and Tsekouras, George (2010) The interplay between formality and informality in managed learning networks International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, 1 (3). pp. 291-308. ISSN 1756-6444

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Abstract

This paper offers an empirical exploration of group-level knowledge practices in a university-managed learning network of small and medium sized enterprises. Managed learning networks are an example of an intermediate form of network relationship with both formal and informal elements. The aim of the paper is to help understand the implications of the degree of formality/informality for group-based learning. This is based on a multi-dimensional conception of formalisation that focuses specifically on two dimensions: firstly, formality as a feature of rule-guided behaviour and secondly, as a characteristic of the social and emotional dynamics of groups. The interplay between these dimensions is examined and an initial framework suggesting the implications of alternative configurations for group learning is proposed.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning networks; Formalisation; Group dynamics; Group learning; Small business/SMEs; Social rules; ProfitNet; CENTRIM
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N216 Entrepreneurship
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1504/IJSBA.2010.030428
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2014 14:14
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/7033

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