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Title: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Implementing Organizational Learning in an Asian National Police Force
Authors: Tan, T.K. 
Heracleous, L. 
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Tan, T.K., Heracleous, L. (2001). Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Implementing Organizational Learning in an Asian National Police Force. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 37 (3) : 361-380. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The authors employed a longitudinal in-depth action research method to explore the implementation of organizational learning in an Asian national police force. They aimed to get an interpretive, in-depth understanding of the related processes of transformational change, as well as the barriers to change, in a machine bureaucracy with entrenched structure & culture not ordinarily conducive to learning & adaptation. They also aimed to explore the applicability of universalist change-management prescriptions in this context. The authors found several structural & cultural barriers to transformational change that were nevertheless being successfully contested through a bottom-up participative change process, the existence of change champions, experiences that challenged the prevailing culture, & change actions that were congruent with the organization's authorizing environment. They also found that universalist change-management prescriptions may not always be relevant because the nature, task, & culture of an organization influence what approaches are appropriate & applicable.
Source Title: The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
ISSN: 00218863
DOI: 10.1177/0021886301373007
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