ERIC Number: ED459367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Organisations: What They Are and How To Become One.
This document explains what learning organizations are and how organizations can become learning organizations. Section 1 explains why the survival and prosperity of organizations operating in today's business conditions hinges on their becoming learning organizations. Section 2 characterizes learning organizations as follows: (1) teamwork and learning are emphasized; (2) a culture of cross-organizational working is fostered; (3) a system of shared beliefs, goals and objectives is created; (4) individuals, teams, and the organization learn from experience; (5) individual, team, and organizational learning are valued; (6) development of new ideas, methods, and processes is encouraged; (7) risk taking is encouraged; (8) responsibility and authority are delegated; and (9) everyone is encouraged and expected to perform to their maximum ability. The benefits of becoming a learning organization are outlined in Section 3. Sections 4-10 each focus on a key characteristic of learning organizations. Sections 2-10 each contain an exercise and a discussion of points that the exercise was expected to demonstrate. The following items are appended: (1) 15 practical suggestions for developing a learning organization; (2) addresses of 6 useful contacts; (3) an overview of asynchronous and synchronous information and communication technologies; and (4) reviews of 30 books on learning organizations. (MN)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Change Strategies, Definitions, Economic Climate, Employer Employee Relationship, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Learning Activities, Literature Reviews, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Organizational Communication, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Objectives, Risk, Teamwork, Values, Work Attitudes
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE11 7GE, United Kingdom (7.95 British pounds). Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom