Examining the Relationship between Organizational Learning Styles and Project Performance

Peter Shek Wong, Sai On Cheung, Ka Lam Fan
2009 Journal of construction engineering and management  
A review of literature on organizational learning suggested that organizations mainly exhibit three types of learning styles: single-loop learning ͑SLL͒, double-loop learning ͑DLL͒, and deutero learning ͑DeuL͒. SLL refers to the detection and correction of errors without adjusting one's underpinning assumptions about performance requirements. DLL refers to improvement actions which are undertaken in response to the change of one's underpinning assumptions. DeuL refers to the establishment of a
more » ... establishment of a system which propels continuous learning. It has been advocated that effectuating these learning styles are critical for attaining continuous project performance improvement. This paper reports a study that aimed to examine the relationship between organizational learning styles and performance improvement in construction projects. A conceptual model for the same was first developed. Data about the contracting organizations' practice of learning styles and project performance were collected through a questionnaire survey. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the significance of the relationship between organizational learning styles and project performance improvement. It was found that the attainment of project performance improvement was positively related to the practice of DLL. Further, DeuL was found essential for facilitating the practice of SLL and DLL.
doi:10.1061/(asce)co.1943-7862.0000010 fatcat:z66t7fnkufgb7oagacl5c6bwqq