Assignment#1: Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning Amanda Radaker
Adults continue their education in a number of learning organizations, from classes to work. Each learning organization has its own way of getting the information across to their students or employees. This paper discusses the definition of a learning organization, the different types of learning within those organizations and follows the type of learning organization that Coventry Healthcare has implemented. Learning organizations are defined in a few ways by different professionals in the adult education field. In Peter Senge’s book The Fifth Discipline: The Act and Practice of the Learning Organization, learning organizations are defined as “a place where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning how to act together.” It is also defined by Walkins and Marsick’s(1993) as learning taking place in ‘teams, the organization, and even in the communities with which the organizations interact.’ In Learning and Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide learning organizations are also defined as the resilience or the adaptability of people and systems to respond to change. Learning organizations also have several characteristics within each different organization. A few of those characteristics are the knowledge and expertise, creation and sharing of information, as well as openness across boundaries. (p. 44) Coventry follows Walkins and Marsick’s definition the closest of all the definitions. Within Coventry learning is near continuous. There is always something new to learn or changes to take in account. Since there are always changes to systems or health care laws they also follow the definition that focuses on the resilience or adaptability of people and systems to respond to change. When...
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