Characteristics of a Learning Organisation

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Characteristics of a Learning Organisation

What are the characteristics of a learning organisation?

  F.H.J. Janssen
Consultant, Netherlands

Learning Organization Characteristics

As explained in the method summary, the characteristics are:
1. System learning - every event follows from an earlier happening
2. Personal leadership - a master in his skills
3. Mental models - deeply rooted assumptions or even images and the way we respond on them
4. Building a collective vision - inspiration with and by all members of the group
5. Team learning - the most important one. The sum of IQ of all the members together is bigger than the sum off IQ separately.

  Gerard Leigh
Business Consultant, United Kingdom

Characteristics of a Learning Organisation: The 7 Dimensions of Watkins and Marsick

Hi Mr Janssen - Of course, the 5 Disciplines offered by Senge is only one viewpoint towards LOs.
As an example, Watkins and Marsick describe 7 Dimensions of a Learning Organisation:
1. The creation of continuous learning opportunities
2. The promotion of inquiry and dialogue
3. The encouragement of collaboration and team learning
4. The establishment of systems to capture and share learning
5. The empowerment of everyone toward a shared vision
6. The connection of the organisation with its environment
7. The provision of strategic leadership for learning
An interesting overview of their thoughts can be seen in the research paper
MARSICK, V. J. 2013. The Dimensions of a Learning Organization Questionnaire (DLOQ): Introduction to the Special Issue Examining DLOQ Use Over a Decade. Advances in Developing Human Resources.

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