SOTA Review

Organisational Learning and Innovation in Supply Chains.


Associated Themes
  • Innovation

Evidence that a company’s Organisational Learning Capability (OLC) and their level of innovation performance are positively related has been the focus of numerous academic studies over recent years. Whilst a significant body of research exists that focusses on learning at company level, little research exists on how companies operating in supply chains/networks learn and innovate. The dynamics of ‘power’ that exist between companies in the supply chain often impede learning and the resulting innovation. However, it is critical that a truly effective collaborative and knowledge-sharing environment is created so that new ideas and innovative solutions to problems are achieved. This review looks at the issues involved in developing collaborative learning environments within supply chains.