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Building Learning Infrastructures

In order to facilitate and accelerate learning, we need to design opportunities for making mistakes. While organizations have many fail-safe systems to ensure smooth …

Balancing Loop Basics

Reinforcing processes, which we covered in last month’s issue, are only one of the building blocks of complex systems. While the snowballing effect of …

TQM and Systems Thinking as Theory-Building Tools

Our brains are pattern-making systems — they organize our perceptions of the world into patterns that enable us to function effectively. For example, when …

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: A Guide to the Learning Organization

Jorge Valchez is an organizational development consultant at International Chocolate, Inc., a (fictional) confectionery company. A few years ago, he picked up a copy …

Developing a Multicultural Learning Organization

Effectively managing and benefiting from diversity poses a significant challenge to our organizations. Regardless of a person’s race, gender, or sexual orientation, they do …

Using “Escalation” to Change the Competitive Game

You open your latest credit card bill and what do you find? Most likely another promotional offer for frequent flyers: earn bonus miles by …

Organizations as Learning Systems

The recent decline of well-established firms and the perceived need for corporate renewal has fueled a growing interest in the topic of organizational learning.

The Spirit of the Learning Organization

At one point in the movie Excalibur, King Arthur lay weakened in bed as his whole kingdom crumbled around him. Most of his knights …

Utilization Review and Healthcare

“Medical cost cutters known as utilization review companies…have become immensely popular with employers seeking to control their health-care costs…[D]oubt is growing about the new …

Using “Fixes That Fail” to Get Off the Problem-Solving Treadmill

It’s Monday morning. You’ve just settled in at your desk to catch up on some reading, when the phone rings. The program manager of the …