Single-Loop Learning

Single-Loop Learning

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Type of learning which consists in following given instructions, accepting them without further reasoning about their motivation. Single-loop learning involves using knowledge to solve specific problems, starting from existing assumptions and focusing on what has worked in the past.

In single-loop learning participants are able to improve their capabilities and to learn new skills without analyzing or questioning the underlying beliefs. This is the reason why single-loop learning is also called "incremental learning". When organizations operate according to this kind of learning, members are led to accept and follow the existing rules, correcting deviations from them. [1] See also: Double-Loop Learning , Triple-Loop Learning


  1. March 2008), Argyris, C., Teaching Smart People How to Learn, 1991, Harvard Buisness Review on Knowledge Management, Harvard Business School Press, Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development, Carter McNamara, 2006, Mary R. Bast, Out of the Box Coahing/Breakthroughs with the Enneagram, 1999