Abstracts: January 20th, 2000

Garratt BThe Learning Organization, (UK), 1999 Vol 6 No 5

Start page: 202. No of pages: 5

Reviews the fifteen years since the publication of his book, ‘The Learning Organization’. Examines the extent to which the concepts of ‘organizational learning’ and the ‘learning organization’ have been taken up by organizations. Asks if the current interest in learning organizations reflects real change within organizations or faddism. Traces the concept of organizational learning back to the late 1940s, discussing how the theories surrounding organizational learning have developed and gained influence since then. Indicates the obstacles to the development of learning organizations, pointing out that the principles that underpin the idea of the learning organization can be very threatening for managers because of the stress on accountability, probity and transparency. Stresses that the process of becoming a learning organization is a collective and individual journey that can develop a capacity for continuous learning which will ultimately enrich the organization and its employees.


Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts

Style: Wholly theoretical

ISSN: 0969-6474. Reference: 28BB035

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