The success of learning organisations is predicated on particular internal organisational relationships and particular relationships between the organisation and its environment. Discuss.
The only long term sustained competitive advantage for an organisation came from the ability of its people to learn faster than those in other organisations and to change the nature of the organisation to match the changes in the environment. For an organisation to be considered to be learning, it must contain certain characteristics and operate in certain environment to do so. How the organisation learns will depend on the interaction between individuals within the organisation and the interaction between the organisation and its external environment.
Learning organisations can be defined as organisations 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 to learn together. It’s an organisation that facilitates the learning of all its members and consciously transforms itself. To be a learning organisation, several distinctive characteristics can be identified. A flatter organisational structure is required, this enables a more flexible atmosphere and it is likely people would be organised so that all individuals understand the work of others and all teams understand and can do the work of other teams. The organisation should also be team-oriented; it is believed that the total of the learning would be more than the sum of the individual learning. Team learning can be described as producing extraordinary results with the individual members of the team growing more rapidly than they could have otherwise done. High level of trust is needed for a team to form, without trust; team-oriented organisations will not be possible. This level of trust is developed through the communities of practice....
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