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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration
The Learning Organization remains one of the most talked-of management concepts in today's business world, and nobody is as capable of explaining exactly what is a Learning Organization or what are the requirements for such an elusive concept than Peter Senge.
Senge's main thesis is that for an organization to become a Learning organization, it must embrace five...
Published on 17 April 2009 by Layla Halabi

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3.0 out of 5 stars Has valuable insights but lacks a clear purpose
Peter Senge's model of the 'learning Organisation' includes valuable concepts such as: collaboration, complexity, team learning, systems archetypes and reflexivity. However, my observation is that his conceptual framework is a conjugation of pre-existing theories which utilises learning as a leverage in creating a knowledge economy in pursuit of competitive advantage...
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by JS


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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to systems thinking, 1 Dec 2010
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This review is from: The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization: Second edition (Paperback)
This was an easy to read introduction to systems thinking and the learning organisation.
It can get a little repetitive though and the author can be a bit over optimistic.
Overall though I learned a lot from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Become Road Kill!, 25 Aug 2008
This review is from: The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization: Second edition (Paperback)
The Fifth Discipline is an excellent book exploring ways for corporations to improve long-term competitiveness by developing flexible learning methods and empowering employees. This work is well researched with clear useable methodologies.

Written almost two decades ago, many corporations are still striving to become "learning organizations" today. As to be expected, successes in this endeavor vary widely. The need for leaning organizations is more important than ever as technology and society change at a breakneck pace.

Many of the concepts and ideas in this book are highly applicable today. Corporations with managers willing to get out of their collective boxes and apply systems thinking to become true learning organizations will have the best opportunity to survive and prosper. Corporations unwilling (or unable) to become learning organizations may become road kill on the super highway.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Has valuable insights but lacks a clear purpose, 5 Jan 2012
This review is from: The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization: Second edition (Paperback)
Peter Senge's model of the 'learning Organisation' includes valuable concepts such as: collaboration, complexity, team learning, systems archetypes and reflexivity. However, my observation is that his conceptual framework is a conjugation of pre-existing theories which utilises learning as a leverage in creating a knowledge economy in pursuit of competitive advantage. Whilst I applaud Senge for a refreshing alternative to the dominant narratives of managerial control, I somehow feel that his 'five disciplines' are mere euphemisms which fail to address the instrumental rationalism which pervades management theory. Furthermore, his disciplines of 'shared vision' and 'personal mastery' appear too idealistic to extrapolate into practice. In conclusion, the obscurity I find with the LO, is the apparent lack of focus in satisfying customer needs and/or the ultimate purpose of collaborative learning.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Every Head teacher needs to read this but they won't..., 30 July 2013
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Teachers are obsessed with the phrase 'teaching and learning' but surely it should be 'learning, teaching, learning... An essential read
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