Responding to Rose W's comments
I agree that probably few of us have had the opportunity to experience
a real learning organization, however I do believe they exist and that
it is possible to cultivate and nurture such environments. I think
especially of organizations like Semco ("Maverick") and a few others.
I disagree, though, that "to help create LO the experiences must be
created." Perhaps, Rose, you could elaborate on what you mean by
this. Your statement seems to imply just one more appropriated
experience designated from somewhere "above" in the organization. The
more fully human, more natural organizations suggest that merely
appropriating experiences for others will never be ethically and
pragmatically effective in the long run. Rather, the LO must be a
lived experience of the workers. I know this is a bit vague, and
perhaps I can talk more of it later, if people are interested.
Writers such as Thierry Pauchant and Omar Aktouf are additional
resources, if any of you want to learn more about this.
Deems Associates Inc
firstname.lastname@example.org (Terri Deems)
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