Strategic Learning: A Design Perspective on the Dynamics of Strategic Behaviors and Organizations

By Kataro Kuwada
1991| Working Paper No. 1121

This paper introduces the concept of strategic learning to explain long run dynamics of strategic behaviors and organizations. Strategic learning is organizational learning which improves the strategic capability of the organization and changes the basic assumptions underlying corporate level knowledge which structures the design process of strategic behaviors. Organizations have various levels of knowledge and learn at all levels. Organizational learning at each level interacts, but makes higher order learning like strategic learning problematic. Distinguishing characteristics of strategic learning are that it is learning without questioning and includes a strategic knowledge distillation process. Based on a case study and related literatures, I describe the process of strategic learning as an intraorganizational ecological process. I also discuss theoretical and practical implications.