The Ever-Changing Personality: Revisiting the Concept of Triple-Loop Learning

Fahrenbach, Florian and Kragulj, Florian (2019) The Ever-Changing Personality: Revisiting the Concept of Triple-Loop Learning. The Learning Organization, 2 (7). pp. 1-15. ISSN 0969-6474


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Purpose - Considering personality as changeable through a bottom-up process of altering states, habits and traits, constitutes a shift in the predominant paradigm within personality psychology. The purpose of this paper is to reconsider Bateson's theory of learning and organizational triple-loop learning in light of this recent empirical evidence. Design/methodology/approach - This paper uses a multi-disciplinary conceptual approach. Based on an integrative analysis of literature from recent work in personality psychology, four dimensions (process, content, time and context) are identified that allow linking personality change and triple-loop learning. Findings - Identifying a bottom-up process of changing states, habits and traits as being central to change personality, allows for reconsidering Bateson's theory of learning as a theory of personality development (Learning II) and personality change (Learning III). Functionally equivalent, organizational triple-loop learning is conceptualized as a change in an organization's identity over time that may be facilitated through a change in responding to events and a change in the organization's routines. Practical implications - Interventions that change how organizations respond to events and that change the routines within an organization may be suitable to facilitate triple-loop learning in terms of changing organizational identity over time. Originality/value - This paper contributes to the discussion on Bateson's theory of learning and organizational triple-loop learning. As interest in personality change grows in organization studies, this paper aims to transfer these findings to organizational learning.

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Additional Information: This work was partially funded by the EU H2020 program under MSCA-RISE agreement 645751 (RISE BPM), FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency (project number: 866270), UNIRIO (PQUNIRIO) N01/2018) and IGAF - eine Lernende Organization (project number: 27001223).
Keywords: Bateson, Triple-loop learning, Organizational learning, Learning III, Levels of learning, Personality change
Divisions: Departments > Informationsverarbeitung u Prozessmanag. > Informationswirtschaft > Polleres
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 12:02
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2020 10:31
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