Recommended reading to "Organisational Learning" and closely associated topics


"Thinking in Systems" by Donella Meadows

In this book Meadows explains profoundly the theory of "System Thinking" in theory as well as in many practical case studies enabling the reader to a positive change in this world.

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Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help
by Edgar H Schein

In this seminal book on helping, corporate culture and organizational development guru Ed Schein analyzes the dynamics of helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful, and shows what any would-be-helper must do to insure that help is actually provided.


Senge, P.  The Necessary Revolution

- How Individuals And Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.

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Current key works are:  

"The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization" (revised edition, 2006) and “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook”(1994) by Peter Senge 

The “fifth discipline” represents a good, understandably written initial reading to the topic of "Organisational Learning" whereas the “Fieldbook” can be considered as a reference book for practical examples to "Organisational Learning".Dr. Peter M. Senge is the founding chairperson of SoL and a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools for better understanding of economic and organizational change. In The Fifth Discipline, Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning “disabilities” that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations—ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create results they truly desire. 

Argyris Chris & Schön Donald (1995): Organizational Learning: Theory, Method and Practice; Prentice Hall

In this book Argyris and Schön describe single-loop versus double-loop learning, organizational learning models as well as practical case studies. They discuss vital topics of current management research, such as tacit knowledge and management, so reflecting the evolving field of organizational learning. Focusing on learning and organizational politics, the book addresses the key issues of organizational learning and action science; organizational effectiveness and what inhibits it; organizational development and human resource activities; and usable knowledge and how it is inhibited.

Nonaka Ikujiro & Takeuchi Hirotaka (1995): The Knowledge-creating Company, Oxford University Press Inc.

This book is regarded by many as "the” book” of knowledge management. Ikujiro Nonaka is professor emeritus at Hitotsubashi University in Japan as well as Xerox Distinguished Faculty Scholar, IMIO, University OF California, Berkeley. Together with Hirotaka Takeuchi, also professor at the Hitotsubashi University in Japan, he is one of the most important scientists in the field of the knowledge management. 

C. Otto Scharmer (2007): Theory U - Leading from the Future as it Emerges, SoL 

First introduced in Presence, the "U" methodology of leading profound change is expanded and deepened in Theory U. By moving through the "U" process we learn to connect to our essential self in the realm of presencing - a term coined by Scharmer that combines the present with sensing. Here we are able to see our own blind spot and pay attention in a way that allows us to experience the opening of our minds, our hearts, and our wills. This holistic opening constitutes a shift in awareness that allows us to learn from the future as it emerges. 

Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founding chair of ELIAS (Emerging Leaders for Innovation Across Sectors), an initiative focused on developing profound system innovations for a more sustainable world. He also is visiting professor at the Centre for Innovation and Knowledge Research, Helsinki School of Economics, and the founding chair of the Presencing Institute, a research initiative on developing and advancing social technologies for leading innovation and change. Scharmer has consulted with global companies, international institutions, and cross-sector change initiatives in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has co-designed and delivered award-winning leadership programs for client organizations including DaimlerChrysler, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Fujitsu.