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Title: Organizational learning in Shahid Rajaei power plants
Author: Mirmohammadi, Sadra
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis is a study in organizational learning in the context of electrical power industry in Iran. Its focus is on the Shahid Rajaei (SRPP) power plant which was the first plant to be constructed and brought on line through a non-turnkey arrangement. All previous power plants had been constructed through total reliance on turnkey agreements with foreign contractors. The managerial, financial and technical demands of the SRPP were very large and complex compared with existing capabilities. The question that the thesis addresses is whether, through the experience of the SRPP, 'organizational learning' took place. We address this question by first conducting a thorough review and discussion of existing literatures on organizational learning. The literature review revolves around questions such as:'what is organizational learning?'; 'how does it happen?' what individual and organizational features promote organizational learning?' and 'what is the role of management in organizational learning?' . Thus the literature yields a number features and attributes against which the experience of SRPP and subsequent power plant projects would be assessed. In carrying out this assessment, the thesis employs a multi-methodology approach. Case studies of SRPP and two subsequent projects were conducted. These case studies employ personal diaries (with respect to SRPP); documents and archives and face-to face interviews with many senior managers, all of whom had been or were( at the time of research) working for the projects. We also employed questionnaire surveys amongst several hundreds managers and employees who had been or were then working for the projects. The survey instruments were various learning attribute scales such as 'learning styles' and 'learning strategies'. The findings of the research are that the SRPP experience was one of significant organizational learning and that this learning was transferred, adapted and developed in subsequent projects. The significance of the findings and their contributions to knowledge as well as the various implications and limitations of the research conclude the thesis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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