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November 16, 2009

Learning by interacting with fellow beings!!

While researching about my post module assignment I learnt something new.

Change is crucial! But what is more essential in this competitive era is how fast you adapt to change!! Learning Organization is one thing which organizations are trying to become, to continuously improve themselves by collective learning of its individuals. Learning Organization is basically creating, acquiring, and transferring of knowledge and skills within the organization to be able to generate new knowledge and skills which can generate economic value while making decisions, exploring opportunities and problem solving. Management is constantly trying to enhance its individual and organizational learning to be able to survive in the market.

What I have learnt in the article by author Vaughan Waller is, learning can be best achieved through social interaction. It is attained best when learning is not the intention of the participant. Attempts of management to control learning or organize social events are doomed to failure. It is important to learn that people should be given appropriate freedom to pick or ignore tools that they feel is likely the best for them enrich their knowledge. This social interaction within the organization comes with a lot of irrelevant data and information exchanged among the people, but management should not always think about profit gained or return on investment when trying to enhance learning.

Well, this kind of learning is not easy to manage, and management should provide tools which are cost effective, and that the people stay within the control limits specified by the organization. In order to apply learning in an organization, it is important to see what kind of learning culture is prevailing within. Do people share their knowledge and experience through different departments? do they except their faults and failures and are able to learn and let others learn from it? In order for learning to be effective, management should drive out fear from the people, and encourage learning through experiments and analysis. In this way, the barrier between the management and the people is broken and there is a smooth communication channel maintained which is important.

Well, Learning Organization is essential as it provides competitive advantage over others, because it is difficult to imitate and is unique in itself.


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