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Learning Organizations. Explanation of Five Disciplines of Peter Senge. ('90)


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Fifth Discipline - SengeFor Peter Senge (1990), change is teaming and learning is change. Thus, it is possible for organizations to learn to change because "deep down, we are all learners". In his book "The Fifth Discipline", Senge wants to destroy the illusion that the world is created out of separate, unrelated forces. When we give up this illusion, we can then build 'learning organizations', organizations 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 learn together. Managers must learn to detect seven organizational 'learning disabilities' and use the "Five Disciplines" as antidotes to them.

The Five Disciplines of Senge

The five components in the model from Senge are:

  1. Systems Thinking. The integrative (fifth) discipline that fuses the other 4 into a coherent body of theory and practice.

  2. Personal Mastery. People must regard their life and their work such as an artist would regard a work of art.

  3. Mental Models. Deeply ingrained assumptions or mental images that influence how we understand the world and how we take action.

  4. Building Shared Vision. If there is a genuine vision, people excel and learn, not because they have to, but because they want to.

  5. Team Learning. Team-members participate in true dialogue. They suspend their assumptions.

All these 5 disciplines must be employed in a never-ending quest to expand the capacity of the organization to create its future. Learning Organizations are those organizations that can go beyond survival learning, to perform generative learning: a form of learning that enhances their capacity to create.

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  How to Become a Systems Thinker?
How does one become a systems thinker? After reading The Fifth Discipline and getting interested in the subject I have read a number of books; some of which are mind blowingly complex! How have other people become systems thinkers? Reading? Courses?<...

What are the Merits of Senge for Human Resources Development?

What are the pros and cons of Senge's Learning Organization for Human Resources Development? Any help would be greatly greatly appreciated! Thanks....

Aligning a Firm's Vision Statement to Peter Senge's Disciplines

How can a firm's vision statement be crafted in line with Peter Senge's 5 disciplines?
I want to have an insight on how this can be done to create a learning organisation....

Hard But Sweet Nut to Crack

Converting a conventional organization into a learning organization is a hard nut, but if cracked offers sweetness. A few dedicated young staff can take the initiative voluntarily and gradually others will join these enthusiasts....

Pillars of the Five Disciplines

Senge's five disciplines would not be well understood without considering the following critical pillars: values, guiding principles, personal experience, commitment and context....

Characteristics of a Learning Organisation

What are the characteristics of a learning organisation?...

Applying Mnemonic Tools

Senge's 5th discipline offers a practicable tool leading to organizational learning and enhanced overall corporate relationships and performance. However, it fails to meet the dynamics of change and chaos -- the undercurrents of which are global toda...

More Factors than Learning in Organizations

Let us think first in the present days of neck to neck competition, how far the models of 90s are suitable. Governments, in other words politicians, have become a strong force either to allow an organization to grow or die. Many factors beyond the co...

What are Mental Models?

I understand how to use 4 disciplines but maybe somebody can explain me the mental models... Thanks......

Turning an Organization into a Learning Organization

I have worked on changing people's thinking. But, in organizational context, the turning point for converting a conventional style organization into a learning style is a subject of research for me. I have not tried 5 discipline yet. I will tr...

Learning Organizations vs Social Media

I think that we can develop a different point of view or a relationship between social media and learning organizations. Social media are changing budgets on marketing departments and the approach of companies to the market, to get closer of the cust...

Learning Organizations in Social Services

I am currently researching the application of the theories of Senge's 'Learning Organization' in the social services setting. I would love to gather input from anyone who has had experience in this area.
How to you apply this 'corporate' strateg...

Schools as a learning organisation

Educational orgainsations also need to develop themselves to be learning organisations. This is mainly because of the changing in the aim of education Claxton (2002, p.46 and 2008) pointed out communities’ expectation on the purpose of education t...

Three Levels in Senge's 5 Disciplines

A ‘discipline’ is viewed by Senge as a series of principles and practices that we study, master and integrate into our lives. Each of the five disciplines can be approached at three levels:
1) PRACTICES: what you do.

Summary of Senge's Ideas

Senge can be summarized as follows:
People should put aside their old ways of thinking (developing new mental models for the driving forces behind the organization's values and principles), learn to be open with others (personal mastery), unders...

Why creating Learning Organizations is hard

According to Senge, transforming organizations into learning organizations is not easy, because managers have to surrender their traditional spheres of power and control to the people who are learning. Learners should experiment and be allowed to mak...

What Skills do Employees Need in a Learning Organization?

What skills or traits do employees / knowledge workers need in a learning organization?...

Skills of Leaders of Learning Organizations?

What skills or traits do leaders or managers need in a Learning Organization?...
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