Revans' Formula

Revans' Formula is a concept in management and organizational development that stems from the work of Reg Revans, a British physicist, and management theorist. Revans is best known for his development of Action Learning, a problem-solving approach that emphasizes the importance of learning from experience and applying that learning to real-world situations.

Revans' Formula can be expressed as:

L = P + Q


  1. L represents learning
  2. P represents programmed knowledge or traditional knowledge (formal education, training, theories, and best practices)
  3. Q represents questioning, which is the process of inquiry and critical reflection that helps individuals challenge assumptions and adapt their understanding to new contexts and situations.

According to Revans, effective learning occurs when both programmed knowledge and questioning are combined. By integrating theoretical knowledge (P) with practical experience and critical reflection (Q), individuals and organizations can more effectively address complex problems and continuously adapt and improve.

Revans' Formula emphasizes the importance of experiential learning and the development of critical thinking skills. In this approach, learning is not just about acquiring new knowledge but also about questioning and challenging existing assumptions, recognizing the limitations of one's understanding, and adapting to new situations and contexts.

This concept is particularly relevant in today's rapidly changing business environment, where organizations must continuously adapt and innovate to remain competitive. By fostering a culture of learning that values both programmed knowledge and questioning, organizations can develop more agile and adaptive leaders and teams, better equipped to tackle complex problems and drive innovation.

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