500 Tips for Developing a Learning Organization offers advice for managers wanting to develop their organization into one that is focused on individual learning as a route to organizational success. It offers tips for all types of organization and a summary of how to create a learning organization.
'Learning Organization' has been one of the buzz phrases of recent years, yet what exactly does it mean? How can you strive to become a learning organization? Is they theory really applicable? The answer is in your hands!
As the authors say in the introduction to their book: 'We wrestled with some of the bigger, broader, hazier concepts and checked out what is really happening. We looked back through learning theory and compared it to practice, then whittled it down to practical tips. We applied what we know about the dynamics of systems and found workable advice'.
In short, this book takes a nebulous concept and transforms it into practical advice.
With expert tips for all types of organizations, this inspirational guide provides a no-nonsense summary of how to create a learning organization by focusing on a number of key areas that will help you whether you are: deciding your vision for learning; benefiting from flexible learning; developing your own learning; improving collaborative learning; developing systems for learning; building a centre of learning in your organization.
At last - practical advice on a topic clouded by theory!
Dr Abby Day is President of Livingstone Bell & Associates Inc., an international consultancy specialising in organizational development. Her work focuses primarily on action learning approaches in public and private organizations. She edits Logistics Information Management and is the author of several books and articles on communications.
Dr John Peters is a Consultant and Director of Livingstone Bell & Associates Inc., John edits the TQM Magazine and Management Decision, as well as being founding editor of the Learning Organization Journal.
Professor Phil Race runs staff-development workshops on teaching, learning and assessment methods in the UK and abroad, and publishes widely on these topics. He also works with students on study skills topics, and has recently published How to Get a Good Degree with Open University Press.