Learning Organization

This module on Learning Organization explores the mechanics of innovative organizations that facilitate continuous learning of its staff while embarking on kaizen and transformation. This training is part of the GroomTalent.com curriculum of critical training courses for developing leadership competencies and management talent.

Learning Organization Characteristics :

  • Ability to view and manage change holistically rather than as standalone systems
  • Individual commitment to personal mastery and self improvement
  • Ability to review and revise personal and corporate assumptions and standard operating procedures
  • Attain alignment through shared vision
  • Engender team learning across boundaries

Recommended materials

  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge (Mar 2006)
  • The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook by Peter M. Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, and Rick Ross (Jun 1994)
    These two complementary books are from Peter Senge, the father of Learning Organizations. A superb cross disciplinary approach to the topic with a clear explanation of Systems Thinking, the fifth of five disciplines needed to attain continual corporate renewal.
  • Action Learning for Developing Leaders and Organizations: Principles, Strategies, and Cases by Michael J. Marquardt, H. Skipton Leonard, Arthur M. Freedman, and Claudia C. Hill (Mar 2009)
    Marquardt, author also of  the best-seller “Building the Learning Organization”, describes how Action Learning, a dynamic problem-solving tool that emphasises learning, is crucial to developing a Learning Organization.
  • Management Practices and Tools for Enhancing Organizational Learning Capability. By: Guoquan Chen. SAM Advanced Management Journal, Winter2005, Vol. 70 Issue 1
    A prescriptive and highly analytical review of organizational learning systems and sub-systems which concludes with clear steps to create a sustainable learning organization.
  • Untangling underperformance. By: Robb, Matthew; Todd, Paul; Turnbull, David. McKinsey Quarterly, 2003 Special Edition, Issue 2
    This case study highlights the steps taken by a company to regain former glory and the importance of organization conviction to kaizen and continuous learning.

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