Conceptual framework

We started out with a particular interest in applying the Knight's (2002) and Knight and Pye's (2002) frameworks to a case study situation. We were interested to consider the learning that emerged from participation in the ESeN network. In the case of ESeN it is possible to identify two units of analysis when we consider the level of learner and learning context. Using the previous example from Knight, of firms sharing information so that it is applied within the member firms, we can perhaps assume that the learning for

SME leaders participating in ESeN will become incorporated into how their organisation does things. This would be mapped as the organization learning within an organisational context (O/I-O), using Knight's approach. Figure 1 shows the relationship diagrammatically:

Alternatively, there is a second level of learning going on within the project, which occurs for the steering group partners. We might expect this to be reflected in the first row of Table II, where the level of learner is represented as being the individual interacting and learning within an inter-organisational context (I/IO), represented in Figure 2.

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