Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Adaptation versus Learning (organisational)

… an important distinction between organisational adaptation and learning. While the latter leads to the adoption of qualitatively new objectives and priorities, the former involves changes brought about by new pressures or incentives but without adjustments in the organisation’s underlying goals and priorities. According to this, adaptation more than learning appears to guide the activities of the international financial institutions. The World Bank and the GEF adopt new issues such as bio-diversity protection and the promotion of local participation as gestures which are made for reasons of legitimacy but which are largely ineffective at the operational level.
Korinna Horta Rainforest: Biodiversity conservation and the political economy of international financial institutions in
eds Stott and Sullivan (2000), Political Ecology Edward Arnold page 196

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