A LEARNING ORGANIZATION is an organization that does well in creating, acquiring and transferring knowledge, and in modifying behaviour to reflect the new knowledge.
Learning organizations emphasize systematic problem solving,experimenting with new ideas, learning form experience and past history, learning from the experience of others, and transferring knowledge rapidly throughout the organization.
According to Peter Senge, the 5 features of a learning organization are:
- SYSTEMS THINKING: Every organization member understands her own job and how the job fits together to provide final products to the customer.
- SHARED VISION: All organization members have a common view of the purpose of the organization and a sincere commitment to accomplish the purpose.
- CHALLENGING OF MENTAL MODELS: Organization members routinely challenge the way business is done and the thought processes people use to solve the organizational Problems.
- TEAM LEARNING: Organization members work together, develop solutions to new problems together, and apply the solutions together. Working as teams rather than individuals will help organizations gather collective force to achieve organizational goals.
- PERSONAL MASTERY: All organization members are committed to gaining a deep and rich understanding of their work.