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Behind the Learning Curve: A Sketch of the Learning Process

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  • Paul S. Adler

    (Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-4024)

  • Kim B. Clark

    (Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field, Boston, Massachusetts 02163)

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    Abstract

    This exploratory paper sketches some of the behavioral processes that give rise to the learning curve. Using data from two manufacturing departments in an electronic equipment company, we construct a model of productivity improvement as a function of cumulative output and two managerial variables---engineering changes and workforce training. Exploration of this model highlights the complex relationship between first-order and second-order learning.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 37 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 267-281

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:37:y:1991:i:3:p:267-281

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    Keywords: productivity; learning; learning curve; manufacturing; engineering changes; training;

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