December 2, 2014
A learning organization is not simply a group of people that want to achieve a higher level of knowledge, a piece of that is in there but not in the sense of a group of people that suddenly want to learn about physics. A learning organization is a group that actively seeks to capture, use, transfer and create knowledge and applies it to the changing environment around them. A simple example of a learning organization would be a think tank. When major problems arise for governments, large companies or even small ones, groups of people a formed to learn about and solve problems. The people in these groups may have no previous knowledge of anything to do with the problem. The group is formed and learning starts. Learning starts on the individual basis through multiple channels, books, magazines, studies, and the internet. Once this information is captured it is then transferred to the group and they must of ready access to it. A simple example here would be posting information gleamed from the Internet in a group forum so it is readily available for the rest of the group. This knowledge once gathered or captured and transferred to the group must be mobilized, and by mobilized, bringing a book to the table is not mobilization so the speak but rather the information learned will be brought fourth to bear against the problem or issue often with previous applications that have been successful or with tweaking or innovation to adapt the process, idea or information to suit the new issue or problem. When this happens even through the process of trial and error the information is communicated to the group and they learn together. The group must be very social between themselves with the sharing of information and must have clear lines of communication.
Most people have been apart of a learning organization whether they know it or not, any time a person...