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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Managing Organisational Learning & Knowledge
Module Code HR558
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jennifer Kennedy
Semester 2: Jennifer Kennedy
Autumn: Jennifer Kennedy
Module TeachersClaire Gubbins
Jennifer Kennedy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The importance of knowledge circulation and learning to individual and organisational agility, adaptability and success is well recognised.The aim of this module is to explore the multifaceted and complex concepts and processes of learning and knowledge circulation at individual and organisational level. The module will explore enablers and barriers to these processes. The module will adopt an evidence based approach to identifying effective learning and knowledge sharing interventions. This module explores the competitive advantages obtainable through continuous learning and knowledge sharing cultures and practices.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate the concepts of knowledge and learning
2. Evaluate the perspectives and theories on learning
3. Analyse learning at the individual, collective, social and organizational levels
4. Critically analyse the organizational learning versus knowledge management perspectives on learning
5. Understand the tacit knowledge problem
6. Identify the evidence for learning and knowledge based initiatives
7. Analyse the competitive advantages for organisations of organisational learning and knowledge management
8. Operate as an evidence based practitioner

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study30Reading
Assessment Feedback30Preparation and write up of group assignment
Assignment Completion31Preparation for, and delivery of individual assignment 2
Assignment Completion10Preparation and write up of individual assignment 1
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Definitions and meanings of knowledge and organisational learning

Learning, training and development

The nature of learning at individual, group and organizational levels

Organisational Learning versus Knowledge Management perspectives

Evidence for learning and knowledge based initiatives

Competitive advantages of organisational learning and knowledge management

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentIndividual Assignment 120%Week 2
AssignmentIndividual Assignment 250%Week 7
Group assignmentGroup Project30%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Pedler, M. & Aspinall, K.: 1998, A Concise Guide to the Learning Organisation, Lemon & Crane., London,
  • Evans, C.: 2003, Managing for Knowledge. HR's Strategic Role., Butterworth Heinemann, London,
  • McKenzie, J. & van Winklen, C.: 2004, Understanding the Knowledgeable Organization, Thomson, London,
  • Reid, M., Barrington, H. and Brown, M.: 2004, Human Resource Development: Beyond Training Inverventions, CIPD, London,
  • Easterby-Smith, M. & Lyles, M.A.: 2005, The Blackwell Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management, Wiley Blackwell,
  • Ichijo, K. and Nonaka, I.: 2006, Knowledge Creation and management: New challenges for managers, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Sadler- Smith, E.: 2012, Learning and Development for Managers, Blackwell,
  • Rousseau, D.M.: 2014, The Oxford Handbook of Evidence Based Management, Oxford,
  • Easterby-Smith, M. & Lyles, M.: 2005, The Blackwell handbook of organizational learning and knowledge management, Blackwell,
  • Rocco, T.S., Poell, R.F., Roth, G.: 2015, The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development, Thomson Learning,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDHRMGrad Dip in Human Resource Management
Date of Last Revision13-JAN-11

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