Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran

3 PhD Student in Public Management, Human Resources Management, Faculty of Management and Accounting, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran


The purpose of this paper is to analyze the conceptual territory of inter-organizational learning. We made use of semi-structured interviews to collect data from members of Anti-contraband and Currency Smuggling Headquarters, and phenomenology as the research strategy. As a result, we draw a framework characterizing the 1) meaning, 2) specifications, 3) influential factors, and 4) outcomes and defects. 1) The meaning of the phenomenon is perceived when factors like sharing and optimizing and localizing experiences; the perception of succession; and getting feedback and modifying procedures would take place. The specifications include developing a shared meaning system; and joint teamwork operations. 3) The influential factors contain developing informal relationships; and usage of external experiences. 4) Outcomes include problem solving; and developing knowledge and innovation. Defects include reinforcement of coordinator center, and developing liability insurance. By analyzing the territory of inter-organizational learning and developing distinct and exclusive borders, this study adds to the conceptual domain of the phenomenon.


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