FocusMaintaining competitiveness in the business world
- Knowledge is … scope of possible activity
- Knowing is … adequate functioning
- Learner is … a member (individual) and/or a dynamic team/organization (collective)
- Learning is … adapting; expanding scope of competencies/possibilities
- Teaching is … supporting; challenging
SynopsisA Learning Organization is a team or company that attends to the co-entangled phenomena of the learning of its members and its continuous transformation. Learnings at both the individual and collective level are understood to be motivated by pressures to be current and competitive in the business ecosystem.
CommentaryAs might be guessed from their names, Learning Organization and Organizational Learning have much in common, especially around matters of maintaining competitiveness in a business environment and bringing together multiple level-specific sub-theories. They part company in Learning Organization’s embrace of Eco-Complexity Discourses, which enables Learning Organization to present a greater coherence across its sub-theories. That said, there tends to be some sloppiness around invoking notions associated with Folk Theories (especially the Acquisition Metaphor) when discussing learning.
Authors and/or Prominent InfluencesPeter Senge
Status as a Theory of LearningLearning Organization satisfies most of the criteria of a theory of learning. In particular, the focus of the theory is explicit and its metaphors of co-entangled learning are well developed and consistently used.
Status as a Theory of TeachingLearning Organization is not a theory of teaching, but it is typically deployed as a framework to interpret and affect the functioning of a company. In a sense, then, like Organizational Learning, Learning Organization is theory of teaching a company by addressing learning possibilities simultaneously across levels of the organization.
Status as a Scientific TheoryEvidence has been generated to show that embrace the principles of Learning Organization can support innovation, efficiency, and competitiveness.
Please cite this article as:
Davis, B., & Francis, K. (2020). “Learning Organization” in Discourses on Learning in Education. https://learningdiscourses.com.
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