Communities of Practice LO27102

From: Fred Nickols (
Date: 08/05/01

Andrew Campbell, in LO27095, replying to a post of mine, wrote:

>Does it matter that in Fred's view "Organizations do not learn, people
>do." What is the perception of inter-est in this?
>As for me, I was labouring under the illusion that this was a forum called
>a "Learning Organization" If, however, by Orgnaization Fred means
>assemblages of concrete, plastic, microchips, payrolls, share
>certificates, coporate tissues, magic markers, Pentagon credit cards for
>purchasing 4 billion dollars worth of personal luxury items, then for
>sure, we are as one;-) ORGANIZATIONS SURE DO NOT LEARN.


What you describe above is what I mean by "organization" -- that lifeless,
legal, property-owning, tax-paying entity most often known by its alias:
the corporation. So, to be more specific, corporations do not learn,
people do.


Fred Nickols
The Distance Consulting Company
"Assistance at A Distance"
(609) 490-0095


Fred Nickols <>

Learning-org -- Hosted by Rick Karash <> Public Dialog on Learning Organizations -- <>

"Learning-org" and the format of our message identifiers (LO1234, etc.) are trademarks of Richard Karash.