Learning Organization

Readings On The Learning Organization

Transitioning to the Learning Organization
Article by Dean Giesecke and Beth McNeil from the DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Joan Giesecke and Beth McNeil, 2004.

Is Yours a Learning Organization?
Garvin, David A.; Edmondson, Amy C.; Gino, Francesca. Harvard Business Review, Mar 2008, Vol. 86 Issue 3, p109-116.

5 Learning Organization Discipline Definitions

Shared Vision

Shared vision makes it possible for members of an organization to understand the future we want to create. Shared vision develops from within the organization and is meaningful to members who understand and contribute to it.

Personal Mastery

Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively.

Group Learning

Members of the group learn to suspend assumptions about how things are done, act as colleagues, surface individual defensiveness, and create an open environment for dialogue and discussion. Working together as a team produces more than the individual members can.

Mental Models

Mental models refers to the assumptions and generalizations that influence how one understands and interprets the organization.

Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is the ability to see the bigger picture, to see the interrelationships of a system, to move beyond a simple cause and effect approach, to seeing continuous process. In systems thinking we move from seeing the individual parts of a system to understanding that the system is the interaction of those parts.