Learning by Doing Something Else: Variation, Relatedness, and the Learning Curve

  title={Learning by Doing Something Else: Variation, Relatedness, and the Learning Curve},
  author={Melissa A. Schilling and Patricia Vidal and Robert E. Ployhart and Alexandre Marangoni},
  journal={Manag. Sci.},
Many organizational learning studies have an implicit assumption that the learning rate is maximized through specialization: the more an individual or organization focuses on a particular task, the faster it will improve. However, through contrasting the various learning process theories described in the research on organizational, group, and individual learning, we develop a set of competing hypotheses that suggest some degree of variation might improve the learning rate. Furthermore, such… 

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