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Title: Improving organisation learning in engineering design
Author: Elegba, T. H. O.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7659 0860
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2018
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The local content drive in the oil and gas industry by the Nigerian government has compelled organizations in the industry, including the companies in its engineering design sector, to focus on means of increasing their organizational learning capacity. But there are no sound practices in these companies to increase organizational learning. The problem studied was how to increase organizational learning in the design sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Most organisations nowadays have organizational learning as an important constituent of their strategic plans. In line with their espoused values, they have established learning departments headed by senior managers. Yet, the outcomes of learning activities are not encouraging, no thanks to the fact that not only are learning efforts inappropriate, they also often ignore the human socio-cognitive aspect that is essential for organization learning, alluding to the thinking that the process of how organisations learns is still unclear to them. The purpose of this research was to examine in detail the organizational learning experience of the engineers working in the engineering design sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry through a phenomenological diagnostic study and apply the implications from the findings in an action research to increase organizational learning capacity in the sector. The study explored and identified strategies that lead to increased organizational learning capacity. The findings revealed sub-optimum practices in the companies in the sector with regards to organizational learning-influencing constructs. Suggestions were made for improvement and some of these are being implemented and results are being assessed, too. For the phenomenological study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 participants, 10 of whom were employee engineers and the other 2 executives who were also engineers in their own right. Five themes emerged from the data: (1) The way we are, (2) You are on your own, (3) Facing one's business, (4) Coming together and (5) Lull in the industry. The vehicle for the action research intervention was a joint inter-organisational engineering design project. The recommendations for further research are in the areas of impact of company's age on organisational learning and similar study in the construction and power industries to advance the literature on organisational learning in Nigeria.
Supervisor: Arif, M. A. ; Ramsey, C. A. Roline Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.B.A.) Qualification Level: Doctoral