A Learning Culture
This page provides links to a number of resources that are primarily concerned with creating a learning organisation and a learning culture within an organisation.
Articles in date order, most recent first.
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"It is hoped that the following pages give a comprehensive overview of the Learning Organisation and may prove useful to any reader interested in learning more about it. It should be stressed that this is our interpretation and reflects our views on the subject." Richard Karash
Added: 1 March 2006
An overview of the key aspects of creating a learning organisation
"Partnerships with colleges and universities can help provide training activities that are specifically designed for your workforce and business needs, and they can do so in a cost-effective way." Pamela Tate and Becky Klein-Collins, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, April 2004
Added: 19 April 2004
Also contains nine "Exemplary Practices" in employee learning and development:
"On a personal level, change can be exciting - a welcome relief to the monotonous tedium of daily life; it may open new doors, heralding transition to a new and fulfilling developmental stage... On the other hand, change may mark the boundaries of the comfort zone, beyond which lies unknown territory full of nasty little surprises, signposts pointing to more hard work ahead, and holding the real possibility of final failure." Graeme Daniel and Kevin Cox, Web Tools Newsletter, 1 December 2002
Added: 1 December 2002
Includes links to interesting resources on change management
"HR Gateway has released its first e-book called Interviews on Organisational Change and Leadership, which can be downloaded free from the home page. The selection of eight interviews is designed to be the start of a debate rather than an endgame in deciding the role of HR in organisational change and leadership. Please feel free to distribute the e-book among colleagues or interested parties, and also to respond to areas where you feel the debate needs to continue." HR Gateway
Added: 1 December 2002
"This project reports the approaches used by six Australian organisations to build and maintain a learning culture. The research study identifies pressures which have contributed to the participating organisations' commitment to learning as well as the similar and dissimilar characteristics which allow these organisations to consider themselves as learning organisations." Robyn Johnston, Geof Hawke, NCVER
Added: 13 April 2002
PDF is 78 pages long but there is a summary web page.
"Recent ethnographic studies of workplace practices indicate that the ways people actually work usually differ fundamentally from the ways organizations describe that work in manuals, training programs. organizational charts, and job descriptions. Nevertheless, organizations tend to rely on the latter in their attempts to understand and improve work practice. ... By reassessing work, learning, and innovation in the context of actual communities and actual practices, we suggest that the connections between these three become apparent. With a unified view of working, learning, and innovating, it should be possible to reconceive of and redesign organizations to improve all three." John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid, INFORMS, 1991
Added: 25 November 2001
Although this paper is ten years old now, it is still of great importance as we try to incorporate communities of practice within organisations
"I want to give you a lobotomy about change. I want you to forget everything you've ever learned about what it takes to create great results. I want you to realize that nearly all operating prescriptions for creating large-scale corporate change are nothing but myths." Jim Collins, FastCompany
Added: 15 September 2001
Not about e-learning as such but how to create a great company. It makes for very interesting reading
"A learning culture develops the same way that any culture develops - as an adaptive response to human needs, as series of continually adapting responses to basic human needs. In one sense, we are all constantly learning, and we are all constantly teaching others around us - but some of our ways of learning and teaching are adaptive and healthy, and others are reactionary and unhealthy. We need to learn how to learn well, and how to foster healthy learning, learning that solves problems and offers growth and hope."
Added: 19 July 2001
Some good insights into creating a learning culture
"Too often, the reaction of companies first exposed to web technology is to commission a corporate web, place it online, and forget about it. This is like installing a telephone system and then never using it. In this presentation, Dr Ross Williams describes the need for managers, who are serious about the business potential of the web, to accept the web as a platform for change rather than an end in itself, and to build a learning culture that will enable the business to grow with the web instead of being forced to undergo a serious of painful and disruptive revolutions." A presentation by Dr Ross Williams of Rocksoft, 1997
Added: 18 July 2001
Still very relevant despite its age
"Because learning is so seamlessly part of practice, it is not perceived as learning. As a result, practice is often assumed to be either static of else to be chaotic, unstructured and thus randomly adaptable. As a locus of learning, however, practice is neither stubbornly resistant to change nor simply transformable by decree. Though it may not follow the course of traditional linear logic, practice has a logic of it's own. Here are 14 guidelines to help you work with rather than against the inner logic of organizational learning:" Etienne Wenger, Healthcare Forum Journal, July/Aug 1996, CoIL - Community Intelligence Labs
Added: 24 June 2001
although this dates back to 1996 the guidelines are still very true today.