Walking the Talk: Building and Sustaining a Learning Organization Overview
It is one thing for organization leaders to say they want to be a learning organization, and quite another to build, nurture, and sustain organizational learning practices. In this course, we will explore several dimensions of what it means to be a learning organization, as well as the culture, structures, systems, processes, and practices needed to support organizational learning. We will also consider how to assess an organization’s current state of readiness for being a learning organization—one that uses data and experiences to inform its thinking and practice.
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Module 1: The Essentials of Organizational Learning
In this module, we will explore several dimensions of what it takes to become a learning organization. These will include factors related to leadership, culture, systems, structures, use of data for decision making, and work-related processes and practices. We will share and discuss examples of each dimension
Module 2: Assessing an Organization’s Readiness to Learn
In this module, we will review a few survey instruments that can be used to assess an organization’s readiness for, or state of, organizational learning practice. We will discuss how each could be used in various contexts and for different purposes. We will also share and discuss examples of how they have been used.
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