Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: What's in a vision? Introducing an organisational learning strategy in a local authority's education service
Author(s): Reeves, Jenny
Boreham, Nicholas
Contact Email:
Keywords: organisational learning
school improvement
education management
organisational development
Organizational learning
Organizational change
School improvement programs Scotland
Educational change Scotland
Issue Date: Sep-2006
Date Deposited: 29-Apr-2009
Citation: Reeves J & Boreham N (2006) What's in a vision? Introducing an organisational learning strategy in a local authority's education service. Oxford Review of Education, 32 (4), pp. 467-486.
Abstract: It is frequently asserted that schools and local authorities should become 'learning organisations' as a pre-condition for school improvement, but there is very little evidence about the specific processes and activities involved in such a transformation. This paper analyses the initial stages of the implementation by a Scottish local authority Education Department of an organisational learning strategy, whose ultimate purpose was to improve pupils' attainment and achievement by developing the Authority's collective capacity to learn new ways of meeting their needs. The analysis focuses on some of the processes that, despite a huge literature on the subject of organisational learning and change, have hitherto remained somewhat mysterious. Adopting an analytical framework derived from activity and actor network theory, we explore empirical evidence of the key stages in 'vision building', showing how sense-making was structured and highlighting the processes and activities which constituted the initial stages in learning to learn as an organisation.
DOI Link: 10.1080/03054980600884185
Rights: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author; you can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
Licence URL(s):

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Oxford Review What's in a Vision electronic version.pdfFulltext - Published Version112.14 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 2999-10-31    Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.