The Organizational Learning Cycle was the first book to provide the theory that underpins organizational learning. Its sophisticated approach enabled readers to not only understand how, but more importantly why, organizations are able to learn. This new edition takes the original concepts and theories and shows how they might, and are, being put into action. With five new or completely revised chapters, Nancy Dixon describes the kind of infrastructure organizations need to put in place; there are examples of knowledge databases, whole systems in the room processes and after-action reviews originating from organizations that are making real progress with these ideas. A clearer relationship between organizational learning and more participative forms of organizational governance is drawn, along with responsibilities that employees need to take on to enable, and partake in, collective learning. With new case material from BP, the US Army, Ernst and Young, and the Bank of Montreal, for example, this book shows how you can make use of the collective reasoning, intelligence and knowledge of the organization and channel it into its ongoing and future development.
Nancy M. Dixon is Associate Professor of Administrative Science at The George Washington University. She has worked with numerous organizations to create new innovative methods of workplace learning. She consults with companies such as Lockheed Martin, Unisys and Conoco. Nancy is the author of numerous articles on organizational learning, Action Learning and dialogue and has contributed to a number of books on the subject of Action Learning.
Contents: Introduction; A theoretical framework of individual learning; The hallways of learning; The organizational learning cycle; A theoretical framework for organizational learning; Infrastructure for organizational learning; Measuring organizational learning; Developing managers for organizational learning; The responsibilities of members in an organization that is learning; Defining a culture that supports learning; Organizational learning and beyond; Appendix A Definitions of organizational learning; Appendix B Glossary; Index.