Developing learning organisation models
in SME clusters
DELOS project considers the notion of cluster as a valid categorical
construct for mapping SME and the notion of organisational learning
as a meaningful operational dynamic for assessing and explaining the “behaviour”
key assumptions of this rationale are as follows:
that SME collectively represent the dynamic engine of economic growth,
and their aggregate actions are inherently transferable into aggregate
that SME reflect structured patterns of interaction;
that facilitating clusters of SME will allow diffusion of know-how and
innovation to be more efficient;
that facilitating aggregate learning amongst SME will stimulate 'intentional'
activity and decision-making and allow SME clusters to consolidate their
market position or diversify into other markets;
that the behaviour of large organisations can act as a role model towards
understanding and shaping the collective actions of clusters of SME;
that cluster models are transferable across socio-cultural and socio-economic
boundaries (Sarcina 1998, p. 1).
final project report (Sarcina 1998) includes
a profound discussion of conceptual issues related to learning organisations
also project info on DELOS.