Ohmae's Key success factors LO11914

Tue, 14 Jan 1997 15:54:14 -0500 (EST)

Replying to LO11815 --

Are the five disciplines of a learning organization also an example of
shrink wrapped ideas?

Building on Kent Myers (LO 11815 comments) I think Senge's book is a
masterful example of using skillful conceptual packaging to convey to a
wide audience a set of very complex ideas. Interestingly (to me at
least), most of the content of the disciplines builds on the published
work of others (including Argyris, Forrester, Bohm, Fritz - all given
ample credit by Senge). Packaging their ideas is an art form itself, the
nature of which is a cognitive discipline probably worthy of a lot of

Appreciating this packaging as packaging usually keeps me from making to
much of the five as a special entity, beyond their reflection of Senge's
genius at creative choice. I doubt I would ever try to derive fundamental
principles or laws from this particular packaging. But I do accept it as
a great base upon which to pick, choose and extend, as a situation

Bob Tomasko



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