ERIC Number: EJ932499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Renewing Professional Organizations and Action Learning
Mullen, Carol A.
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v8 n2 p149-157 2011
This account concerns the renewal of established professional organizations though action learning. In order to revitalize one national organization, an executive group of leaders committed to co-leading and co-learning through a friendly, computer-supported governance structure. Manifestations of our work together were an accelerated decision-making process and creation of interdependent committees (e.g., research committee, policy committee). Keys to the innovative learning described are peer learning supported by turn taking of the executive leaders and synchronous learning buoyed by asynchronous communications technology. We awakened to the reality that if our organization was to grow, as executive leaders we had to manage our own teaching and learning and tap one another's expertise. We also learned that while face-to-face meetings and annual conferences foster goal attainment, collaboration and camaraderie, they limit the momentum necessary for organizational revival in a rapidly changing world. Organizational capacity is developing quickly as the leaders experiment with action learning interventions that are raising the overall caliber of this professional association.
Descriptors: Expertise, Conferences (Gatherings), Research Committees, Governance, Experiential Learning, Professional Associations, National Organizations, Leadership, Cooperation, Committees, Decision Making, Asynchronous Communication, Synchronous Communication
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A