LO and Non-Profit & Higher Ed settings LO26536

From: Malcolm Burson (mburson@mint.net)
Date: 04/18/01

Replying to LO26525 --

On Monday, April 16, Glenn Gabbard wrote

> I'm interested in knowing more about how non-profit organizations as well
> as higher education settings are reinventing themselves as learning
> organizations. I know that some folks at Brandeis University were working
> on a text connecting LO thinking with non-profit settings, but I've lost
> track of who is doing what in that area.

>From time to time, respondents to this list have posed similar questions,
and I recently reviewed for publication an article that sought to make a
special case for application of LO approaches in the public sector (where
I currently hang my practitioner's hat). In each case, I find myself
asking, "what evidence do we have, or what theory might we discuss, that
there is in reality any substantive difference among corporate/for-profit,
public sector, education, and non-profit organizations that leads us to
believe that the applicability of the LO model will differ sufficiently
that we have to account for it?"

In the interests of full disclosure, let me say that I have worked in the
private, public, educational, and non-profit sectors, and cannot for the
life of me see enough difference to require separate attention. Are my
mental models somehow too constraining?

What do others think?

Malcolm Burson
Director of Special Projects
Maine Department of Environmental Protection



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