Creating the Learning Organisation

Subject 481-803 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: This subject provides an introduction to what is meant by a `learning organisation' and `organisational learning'. The term `learning organisation' has become increasingly popular in organisational theory and the management and change literatures. An organization, firm, or school that is capable of learning is deemed to be better at adapting to rapidly changing external circumstances and become more productive and efficient in accomplishing its goals. In talking about an organization that learns, the subject examines the various reasons for learning; the meaning of organisational as separate from individual learning; the different levels and type of learning, as well as structures and processes which either facilitate or hinder the learning which happens in organizations. Of particular importance are the concepts of the distribution of cognitive labour and socially distributed cognition which indicate that learning happens at all organisational levels. Some suggestions are made on how such organisational learning can be structured more efficiently in school, and non-school organisations alike.
Assessment: A paper of 6,000 words (75 per cent) and a research paper of 2,000 words (25 per cent), presented as a class paper.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Argyris, C. and Schon, D. Organizational Learning II, Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1996.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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