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Philosophy of Management

Volume 1, Issue 2, 2001

Making Sense

Deborah Blackman, James Connelly
Pages 43-54
DOI: 10.5840/pom20011213

Learning from the Past
Collingwood and the Idea of Organisational History

Through a consideration of the views of R. G. Collingwood on historical knowledge and conceptual change, this paper addresses organisational issues such as history, culture and memory. It then subjects the idea of learning histories to critical scrutiny. It concludes that, because of their potential to become framing mental models, they may be in danger of failing to achieve the purposes for which they are used.