How groups learn, continuously

Manuel London, Valerie I. Sessa

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This article examines how groups learn, conditions that affect learning, and interventions to improve the learning process. Adaptive group learning is reacting almost automatically to stimuli to make minor changes in process and outcome. Generative group learning is proactive learning for mastery. Transformative group learning is reconstructing meaning and fundamentally changing the way the group operates. Pressures and opportunities in the environment and group readiness stimulate and support these different types of learning. Group leaders, members, and human resource professionals who facilitate, coach, and provide resources for development can apply this knowledge to diagnose group conditions and encourage continuous learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-669
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007


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