Underlying Dimensions and Organizational Values in Organizational Learning: Strategy for Capacity Building in Developing Countries


  • María Isabel Rivera Vargas Universidad de Guadalajara, Departamento. de C. Sociales y Jurídicas, Periférico Norte No. 799, Modulo M 2do. Nivel, Núcleo Universitario Los Belenes Código Postal: 45100. Zapopan, Jalisco, MÉXICO.




organizational Learning, innovation Systems, technological learning, , small and medium size firms, developing countries


The idea that organizational learning is closely linked to innovation became firmly established by the end of the nineties (Argyris and Schön, 1978; Watkins and Marsick, 1993; Nonaka and Takeuchi, 1995), however, very little research in these topics is done in developing countries. Therefore, the objective of this article is to expose the underlying dimensions as well as the organizational values that should characterize an organizational learning process, as a strategy for technological capacities construction in small and medium size firms. Consequently, through analytical-synthetic methodology including a case study analysis, this article evidence those determinants characteristics of an organizational learning approach to promote the planning of technological learning processes for catching up in order for developing countries to get into the path of innovation.


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María Isabel Rivera Vargas, Universidad de Guadalajara, Departamento. de C. Sociales y Jurídicas, Periférico Norte No. 799, Modulo M 2do. Nivel, Núcleo Universitario Los Belenes Código Postal: 45100. Zapopan, Jalisco, MÉXICO.

Is a Ph.D in sociology  from the State University of New York (2000). She is currently a full time professor and researcher at the Department of  Social and Legal Sciences  at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, where she is researcher. Since 2001 is also professor in the Doctoral Program of Business and Economic Studies at the same university. She has been  member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico since 2001, and founder member of the Jalisco’s Science Academy. She is author of several national and international publications.


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Rivera Vargas, M. I. (2013). Underlying Dimensions and Organizational Values in Organizational Learning: Strategy for Capacity Building in Developing Countries. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 8(3), 57–69. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242013000400006



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