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The Application of Organizational Learning Theory to Japanese and American Management

Jeremiah J Sullivan and Ikujiro Nonaka
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Jeremiah J Sullivan: University of Washington
Ikujiro Nonaka: Hitosubashi University

Journal of International Business Studies, 1986, vol. 17, issue 3, 127-147

Abstract: Karl Weick, in The Social Psychology of Organizing, theorized in effect that organizational learning must be governed by a theory of action. Such a theory can be described in terms of variety amplification by senior managers and variety reduction by junior managers. In a study of senior American and Japanese executives, the Japanese showed a stronger commitment to this theory of action than the American did. Implications for strategy setting behavior in both cultures are discussed.© 1986 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (1986) 17, 127–147

Date: 1986
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