What is meant by the learning organisation?

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Learning organisation is an organisations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole together. By working together people can accomplish things that they cannot do individually. A learning organisation builds collaborative relationships in order to draw strength from the diverse knowledge, experience, capabilities, and ways of doing things that people and communities have and use.

It's also meant a learning organisation is one that facilitates both individual and organisational learning with a view to continuously transforming itself and letting go of the past also trying new ways in the future.

There are five factors might adversely impact it's success and the benefits of becoming a Learning Objective. These are systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, and team learning.

Systems thinking is to provide a view of issues by mapping interconnected parts of common processes in the organisation and allow people a deeper understanding of the possible causes of problems, helping them to see how to change systems more effectively.

Personal mastery is about assisting people to achieve their potential through the development of competence and skills. Organisations cannot begin to learn unless individuals learn.

Mental models encourages people to reflect on, explore and talk about "the attitudes, beliefs, values and perceptions that shape our thoughts, actions and interaction with others" (O'Malley & O'Donoghue 2001 : 15).

Shared vision is an ongoing process, where people express ideas about vision, purpose, values, why their work matters, and how it fits in the larger world. It also provides the focus and energy for learning, and expands our ability to create.

Team learning is about teams developing skills in how to...