Activities of a learning organization
- Systematic problem solving involves the use of system theories and statistical tools. It mainly focuses on authentic data rather than assumptions.
- Experimentation is one of the major activities in any learning organization that is encouraged. Interestingly there are incentives for taking risk in a learning organization. Also project demonstration is highly appreciated.
- Learning from past and personal experiences is always valued.
- Learning from others experiences and adopting best practices of others is an important element of learning organization.
- A special emphasis is given on knowledge sharing which can be done through trainings, report writing , visits etc
Difference between Traditional and Learning organization
The following table will help you understand the basic difference between traditional organization and a learning organization
Most of the Companies are knowledge less about the learning organization concept. Although they have the capability and in one way or another they do move towards being one but until or unless they do not understand the true spirit of being a learning organization they cannot be one of them. This is the reason why none of the organizations in the world could be truly tagged as the learning organization, although there are some examples who are moving toward becoming a learning organization, examples of learning organization includes Harley Davidson, Shell, Motorola, Wal-Mart and GE.
In order to address this issue the real need is to make the upper management knowledgeable about the concept and for this the scholars from the field should be a source in addressing the concept. Once this concept is properly understood by the upper management than through different means and sources it could be brought down to the middle level and lower level of the organization. According to P. West, the learning organization is best thought of as a journey, not a destination.