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From men and machines to the organizational learning curve

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  • Fioretti, Guido

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Learning curves can arise out of routing problems, or out of sequencing problems, or a combination of both. In this paper, learning curves arising out of routing problems are investigated by means of numerical simulations, whereas some properties of the learning curves arising out of sequencing problems are analyzed by means of a computational model. In both cases, the arousal of organizational learning curves is conceived as the emergence of routines. In both cases, the conditions for this to occur are that (i) there are sufficiently many novel possibilities of arranging the units composing the organization, and that (ii) these units are sufficiently many and sufficiently flexible.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 19392.

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Keywords: Learning Curves; Routing Problems; Sequencing Problems; Routines;

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