A Discussion of Problems in Implementing Organisational Cultural Change: Developing A Learning Organisation in University Libraries

Saowapha Limwichitr, Judy Broady-Preston, David Ellis

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on organisational cultural change and problems in its implementation, focusing on the case of building a learning organisation (LO) within university library context.

Design/methodology/approach
Key literature published within Library and Information Science, Business and Management and other related fields were reviewed to identify themes regarding organisational cultural change in relation to development of a LO emerging in the recent years.

Findings
Reviewed in this paper highlights key challenges in examining organisational cultural change for the purpose of building a LO. These include there is no agreed definition of the LO concept, a lack of practical approaches and measure for assessing achievement of the cultural change. A need for in-depth studies which focus on current practices and related problems in this regard is also revealed and the Systems Approach is proposed as a suitable approach for holistic investigation of all critical elements possibly affect establishment of a LO.

Originality/value
The paper raises awareness of the importance of examining organisational cultural change as a critical supportive influence of developing a LO. Problems to be considered in its implementation are synthesised and served as a basis for further investigation in the author’s doctoral research project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-488
Number of pages8
JournalLibrary Review
Volume64
Issue number6/7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Organisational culture
  • learning organisation
  • university libraries
  • organisational change

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