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Guest Talk: Organizational Forgetting and Unlearning

Adrian Klammer, PhD 

Date/Time: 19.04.2018, 14:00 

Loca­tion: D2.2.094 


Despite incre­a­sing inte­rest in the past years, the field of orga­niza­t­ional unle­arning and forget­ting is still charac­te­rized by a frag­mented under­stan­ding due to a lack of theo­re­tical and empi­rical rese­arch. The purpose of my rese­arch is to cont­ri­bute to the fields of unle­arning and forget­ting by theo­re­ti­cally and empi­ri­cally exami­ning ante­ce­dents, outcomes, and processes of know­ledge loss. Based on a multiple case study design, I propose a process model of unle­arning and forget­ting elements in new product deve­lop­ment teams. I suggest control mecha­nisms to success­fully manage the inabi­lity to unlearn and invol­un­tary forget­ting processes. Mana­gers should intro­duce unle­arning prac­tices and dimi­nish forget­ting in order to effi­ci­ently and effec­tively opti­mize their know­ledge base and their ability to respond to the neces­sity of keeping up with constant changes in our envi­ron­ment.

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