Nonaka's SECI Process versus Peter Senge's Learning Organization

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Nonaka's SECI Process versus Peter Senge's Learning Organization
Helen Coyne, Member
How does Nonaka's SECI process support the Learning Organization?
What is the difference between Peter Senge's Fifth Discipline approach to a learning organization and Nonaka's SECI module?
Could I be correct in saying that Nonaka's module is the blueprint plan that could support Senge's learning disciplines?

SECI is a Proven Process
Darron Passlow, Member
Helen, thinking about your question, Senge's Learning Organization is a hypothetical approach that would never work (for most) as its first step requires "personal mastery" (oh yes!).
SECI is a proven approach for Knowledge Capture/Management and can be used by any organisation, with the right incentives - no personal mastery required. Regards.

Is the SECI Model Supporting Western Learning Organizations?
Helen Coyne, Member
I am wondering is the SECI module actually used in the western business world. I know it's successfuly used in Japanese organizations.
But I have to discuss how the SECI process supports the Learning Organization (for my assignment). Are there any examples of this model being used in western business culture? In a nutshell my assignment Q. Is: Discuss how the SECI process supports the learning organization? (I'm struggling with this) Thanks.

SECI Model in Western Organisations
Darron Passlow, Member
Helen, I think you need to use your imagination here on how SECI applies. I asked the question (2 years ago) about who (outside Japan) was using it and virtually got 1 response from Israel, that said they planned to use it in the future. No further correspondence?
It is well used in Japan but I think it is not marketed outside Japan very well. I got to hear about it when my son was taught a course by Nonaka san in Japan (and discussed it). Most people (outside Japan) would not be this lucky.
It is a great technique and is very simple to apply and it is all about knowledge capture and knowledge management and consequently directly applies to the "Learning Organisation" (I hate this term as it is not the organisation but the people who learn).
Good luck, Darron.


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