Considerable interest has been shown in models of inter-organisational collaboration including clusters, networks and recently supply chains. Arguably effective configurations of enterprises can work together to achieve some form of what is termed 'collective efficiency' which enables them to cope with the challenges of the current competitive environment. This paper addresses one aspect of such collective efficiency: the potential acceleration and improvement of the process of knowledge acquisition and capacity building through shared learning. It explores the concept of formal 'learning networks' and reports on UK research into the design and operation of such networks.
- Inter-organisational networks
- Knowledge management
- Learning networks
- Supply chain management