His main field of research is the relationship between learning and work in organizations. He has recently published a book about the development of learning networks in organizations.
Learning network theory: The tension between learning systems and work systems in organizations
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2006
Copyright © 1998 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Human Resource Development Quarterly
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 157–177, Summer 1998
How to Cite
van der Krogt, F. J. (1998), Learning network theory: The tension between learning systems and work systems in organizations. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 9: 157–177. doi: 10.1002/hrdq.3920090207
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2006
This article presents a theory on the organization and development of learning systems—the learning network theory. In this theory, learning systems in work organizations are analyzed in a network approach to organizations. Learning systems are subject to tensions, which arise from their dual orientation: an orientation toward the development of human potential (humanity) and an orientation toward the development of the work process (work relevance). Learning network theory offers a frame of reference for analyzing the tensions between humanity and work relevance and provides leads for handling such tensions. The article concludes with a number of suggestions for further research into the organization of learning systems.