Learning in Crisis: Rethinking the Relationship Between Organizational Learning and Crisis Management

Elena P. Antonacopoulou, Zachary Sheaffer

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This article introduces the concept of learning in crisis (LiC) as a new mode of learning especially in turbulent times. Drawing on a theoretical integration of the organizational learning and crisis management literatures, LiC challenges the basic assumptions that inform hitherto analyses of learning in relation to crisis-beset organizations. LiC promotes the importance of practising and provides a basis for rethinking the way learning is associated with organizational failure and crisis thus, revealing a range of additional questions that could inform both scholarship and business practice in crisis management and organizational learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-21
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the ESRC and EPSRC for this research under the prestigious “Advanced Institute of Management Research” and “Grand Challenge” programs in relation to Grants RES-331-25-0024 and RES-331-27-0006.


  • crisis management
  • learning from failure
  • organizational learning
  • practising

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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