Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What is a learning organization?

I've been doing some reading on learning communities, learning organizations, and learning systems. So, if a learning community is FORMED, either directly or indirectly, how is the community governed? Are there unwritten rules? Are there acceptable methods of conduct? If the focus of the community is to LEARN, who decides if the learning is complete, or even correct?

If Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization is correct, then there are rules for the community, and the community has the ability to continue, evolve or dissolve ...

So, questions to think about:
1. Is there a difference between a community, organization, and system? If so, what is the SIGNIFICANT difference?
2. Is there an optimal size for the "GROUP" to be effective? Is this based on the focus, purpose, scope, or goals?
3. If ORGANIZATION implies implicit (or explicit structure) and a sense of formality, COMMUNITY impliess casual structure and a sense of belonging or identify ... can they both be thought of as SYSTEMS?

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