Questions LO171

George J. Takacs (
Sun, 19 Feb 1995 20:47:07 EST

My name is George Takacs and I am an independent consultant
in Maryland.
I use Senge's Book in my Organization Development class at
the University of Maryland.
I also do a lot of team building and facilitating. I have a
couple of questions which I would like to post to see what answers I may

1. It seems to me that the learning organization concept is very
similar to Argyris' Double-loop learning, Lewin's Action Research and
Dewey's forward-backward learning. If that is not the case in your
opinion, how does he differ?

2. In conducting team building sessions it is easy to see how team learning
works. The team has various ways to make what they learn operational, none
of which makes the learning set in concrete and applicable forever.

A problem I have is how does an organization do that? It seems to
me that if an organization tries to implement what it learns the danger is
to turn it into another rule or regulation which becomes inflexible. And
does the whole organization really learn, or do various parts learn and
share what they learn with each other?

Well that is enough for tonight. It is nice so far being on this list. I
look forward to sharing more questions and insights.

George Takacs
Takacs Techniques
Largo, MD