The Role of Managerial Curiosity in Organizational Learning: A Theoretical Inquiry

McIntyre, Nancy H.; Harvey, Michael; Moeller, Miriam
June 2012
International Journal of Management;Jun2012 Supplement, p659
Academic Journal
Organizational learning is a means to improve the chances of the organization surviving in today's highly competitive global marketplace. Organizational knowledge creation and knowledge transfer represent imperative for attaining and sustaining a competitive advantage in a global business environment. Yet, organizations are unable to learn unless the individuals in the organizations are committed to the learning process. Curiosity provides the platform for global managers to inquire into why things happen and what can be done to effectively meet the goals of the organization. Learning managers with curiosity need to heed the importance of their level of 'mindfulness' (i.e., focusing curiosity to meet goals) so that curiosity is an effective tool to learn and solve problems. This paper explores the concept of curiosity by linking individual curiosity and learning style to organizational learning. The traits/characteristics of 'knowledge activists' are discussed as a means to cultivate organizational learning.


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