The paradoxes of learning from failures

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Drawing on and extending the research on escalation of commitment and organizational learning, this paper intends to elaborate upon inherent difficulties of learning from relatively large failures. We introduce the paradox of learning from failures, which explains unexpected outcomes when learning from failures is purposefully sought. We propose three such paradoxes: escalation paradox, repetition paradox, and defensive paradox.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event67th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2007 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 2007 Aug 32007 Aug 8


Other67th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA


  • Commitment
  • Learning from failures
  • Paradoxes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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