Anne Janand and Amélie Notais recently published an article entiteld « Learning on the move: A reassessment of mobility through the lens of Bateson’s learning theory » in The Learning Organization.
This paper explores the types of learning engendered by Internal Mobility by reference to the principles elaborated by Bateson (1972). A qualitative methodology is followed with interviews among fifty professionals working at 4 large French firms. A system of classification for IM is proposed: replication, adaptation, innovation and revolution.
Practically, the identification of these categories invites human resources managers to reconsider traditional career paths. The paper thus brings a new perspective on the possible link between learning and IM and question what employees really learn thanks to their moves.