Organisational unlearning, human capital and their combined effects on firm performance

Maria Dolores Aledo-Ruiz, Juan Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro, Alexeis Garcia-Perez

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of organisational unlearning and its relationship with firm performance through human capital effectiveness. To that end, a comprehensive review of the literature on the concept of unlearning has been carried out and a theoretical model to measure these relationships has been developed. A sample of 112 Spanish companies listed on the Stock Exchange was then used to validate the proposed model. The quantitative methodology used is based on the methods of structural equations (PLS). It involved the construction and analysis of a structural model using subjective and objective criteria in our measurement variables. Our results show that organisational unlearning indirectly affects firm performance by developing and exploiting new skills and abilities that increase the value and effectiveness of human capital.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2017
EventEuropean Conference on Knowledge Management - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 18


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Knowledge Management
Abbreviated titleECKM
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  • Knowledge Management

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Aledo-Ruiz, M. D., Cegarra-Navarro, J. G., & Garcia-Perez, A. (2017). Organisational unlearning, human capital and their combined effects on firm performance. Paper presented at European Conference on Knowledge Management, Barcelona, Spain.