Representing fear in learning in organizations

Fulop, Liz and Rifkin, William D. (1997) Representing fear in learning in organizations. Management Learning, 28 1: 45-63. doi:10.1177/1350507697281004


Author Fulop, Liz
Rifkin, William D.
Title Representing fear in learning in organizations
Journal name Management Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-7307
1350-5076
Publication date 1997-03
Year available 1997
Sub-type Other
DOI 10.1177/1350507697281004
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 63
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Literature and practice on learning in organizations often seem to ignore the expression of fear. This article explores the role of representations of fear in collective learning. Three expressions offers are analysed: by Pat, an individual whose workplace trials parallel those of the authors; by Ricardo Semler, Brazilian business executive, whose business autobiography, Maverick! some see as a manual for learning in organizations; and by W. Frank Blount, CEO of Australia's largest telecommunications firm, Telstra. These analyses bring to the fore issues of shame (Schneider), needs for mutual self-disclosure (Goffman) and conditions that cause us to `sanitize' representations of fear in ways that inhibit reflective practice and, hence, limit occurrence of episodes of deep, collective learning, that are termed here the `learning space'.
Keyword Management learning and development
Fear in learning
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Other
Collection: Sustainable Minerals Institute Publications
 
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