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Technological learning: towards an integrated model

Simpson, B.M. and Seidel, R. and Byrne, S. and Woods, C. (2001) Technological learning: towards an integrated model. In: Organizational Learning & Knowledge Management: New Directions: 4th International Conference. Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada. ISBN 9780771423048

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The acquisition and growth of technological knowledge is fundamental to competitive advantage in the emerging knowledge economy. This article explores the notion of technological learning as a means of developing the capabilities that underpin long term sustainable innovation. The research project was designed to identify new ways of understanding learning in the context of technology-driven SMEs, so the methods employed were essentially inductive in nature. This has resulted in the development of a comprehensive framework comprising four inter-related knowledge categories (Identity, Direction, Capability, and Relationship), each of which has an associated learning process (learning by reflecting, learning by strategising, learning by doing, and learning by interacting). We argue that it is the interaction between these knowledge categories that generates the new insights that are essential to technological learning.