The Learning Company: A Strategy for Sustainable Development

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The history of managing is littered with the remains of yesterday's right answers - Scientific Management, Theories X & Y, Blake's Grid, MBO, Quality Circles, the search for excellence, and so on. Without doubt each of these methods contains good ideas, but they are ideas sold as right answers. The emphasis of The "learning company" is not upon producing "right answers" but providing a basis for improving managerial action of learning and developing. Pedler, Burgoyne and Boydell believe that there is a massive underdeveloped potential in our organizations which is waiting to be released. By making theirs a learning company - an organization which facilitates the learning of all its members and continuously transforms itself - managers can help ensure the future success of their organization. Whilst illustrating that there is no set path to follow the vision of the "learning company", this book offers a starting point with practical pointers where you can take steps for developing this type of organization.

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What do Canon, the Beecham Paper Mill, Pilkingtons, the NHS, Marks & Spenser, Lazertek, Nissan, G & G Fans, Express Foods and Rover have in common? From multi-national household names, to small, committed enterprises, these companies have all been identified as preparing for the future by taking a Learning Company strategy. In addition to the acclaimed features of the first edition, this completely revised and extended text, based on five years of further action, experience and research, introduces fresh tools and ideas to bring your learning organization to life, including: Methods for assessing the Energy Flow of your company; Ideas and tools for developing Dialogue, Whole Systems Development and using IT networks for organizational learning; The seven modes of being and learning; A major organizational case study applying the 11 characteristics of the Learning Company in practice; A survey of writers on the learning organization. There is no blueprint for the Learning Company because each is unique, however, Mike Pedler, John Burgoyne, and Tom Boydell provide you with the practical tools to help design and create an organization that is capable of adapting, learning and developing. At the forefront of new thinking, this essential and highly readable book is packed with ideas, information, advice, tools, 'Glimpses' and references to help you ensure that your organization is geared up to meet the demands of an everchanging and unpredictable environment.

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