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What is system thinking?
Bureaucratic versus the Learning Organization
System Thinking: How does it relate to the Learning organization?
System Thinking and the new leadership
Learning Organizations, Leadership and System Thinking
Having in mind that the purpose of this course is exploring individuals and organizations as learning systems, I wanted to deepen my understanding of how systems thinking, the fifth discipline mentioned by Peter Senge, relates to and affects the office of leadership and organizational learning in different social, political and economical contexts. Social, political and economic tensions have throughout history been a catalyst for individual and organizational learning and change. Of the five disciplines that Peter Senge presents in his book “The Fifth Discipline”, system thinking, he says “is the corner stone for organizational learning” (Senge 1990, p. 69), and it’s the most important of the of disciplines in fostering awareness during times of change, turmoil and uncertainty.
Today, with globalization, ecological changes, diversity, consolidations and the constant rise of new technologies; change and adaptation to new systems demand more that ever new goals, new standards, and most of all, new proactive and visionary leadership that can meet the challenges of the multidimensional complexity of modern organizations. Today we need learning organizations and new leadership. By definition, leadership means being ahead of the rest, and as such, it is visionary, forward-thinking and targeted to proactive strategies (Bennis, 1989).
In terms of learning organizations, Senge (1990), states that the basic meaning of a learning organization is an organization that is continually expanding its capacity to create its future, and “System thinking”, his fifth... [continues]
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