What are the Merits of Senge for Human Resources Development?

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Johanna Elliff
HR Consultant

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.

  Victor Manuel Monteiro Seco
Entrepreneur, Portugal

Summary of Five Disciplines

Senge is much more than a lonely or groupy HR developer. His most essential idea of learning is that "each goal has to do with how we think, what we truly want, and how we interact and learn with one another" (Senge, 1990, p.11).
Human Resource Development (HRD) can play an important role in transforming traditional firms to learning organizations. HRD is close to the idea of communities of practice using several multilevel strategies, seeing the individuals as the most precious resource in their organizations.
However, it's crucial to make all people involved understand that purpose of continuously learning!

  Jaime Fernandez V.
Professor, Chile

Senge´s Teaching on Learning Organizations

I agree with Víctor Manuel and would like to add one comment: the 20th century ended with P Senge´s question "How do org...

  Gerard Leigh
Business Consultant, United Kingdom

HR Pros and Cons of the 5 Disciplines

Great insights Jaime, I think Senge's ideas should resonate with today's HR community. If organisations can truly inspir...

Consultant, Uganda

Senge's Disciplines and HRD

Traditional HRD is built upon linear thinking with an upward career transition. Senge's learning organization welded tog...


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