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Extra-Organizational Learning: Learning Beyond Organizational Boundaries

Prats López, M; Berends, H; Huysman, M; Soekijad, M; Causer, T; Terras, MM; Grint, K; (2015) Extra-Organizational Learning: Learning Beyond Organizational Boundaries. Presented at: International Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities (OLKC), Milan. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Organizational scholars have studied learning processes within and across organizational boundaries. In this paper, we introduce the concept of extra-organizational learning to explain the mechanisms that enable learning among external individuals who are not bound to the focal organization by an employment contract and yet their tasks benefit the focal organization. We study the crowdsourcing project Transcribe Bentham, where the crowd transcribes documents of historical importance, and show how participants learn by doing and by socially interacting with experts from the organization. We explain how this process of extra-organizational learning differs from known processes of inter-organizational learning and crowdsourcing as ‘distant search’ and we discuss implications for the organizational learning literature.

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Extra-Organizational Learning: Learning Beyond Organizational Boundaries
Event: International Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities (OLKC)
Location: Milan
Dates: 2015-04-10 - 2015-04-11
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws > The Bentham Project
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1463523
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