Introduction and Inquiry... LO27482

From: Leo Minnigh (
Date: 10/31/01

Replying to LO27449 --

Dear Paula, dear LO'ers

Your inquiery tickled my mind:

> Introduction to Organizational Learning: Principles and Practices

>..what would absolutely, positively have to be covered in the class?

I immediately transferred this question to a personal one - what should I
tell these (willing) learners in this interesting course. Interesting,
because I think that the length of your course enables enough freedom to
go in depth AND in width.

I think that your learners should think of:
 1) an animal organization and in homework search for data and information
how this organization communicates and keep alive as organization
 2) an abiotic organization with the same homework
 3) a combined organization, or ecosystem with the same homework

They should do all three excercises and report on their results in a group

You as teacher could sample all historical maps you can get hold of, of
Europe indicating the forms of the states/nations. Try to compose this
historical movie from Roma time until the present (including the Europian

Let your learners then philosophise about the history of Europe and let
them think of causes and effects. With this example you have presented a
variation of the above 3 excercises.

I think that after these sessions, your class will gain an enormous
amopunt of insight in Organizational Learning.

And as a last reflection - at the end of your course (as evaluation) your
pupils could think of the processes and results during the course as an
example of organizational learning (including the role of the

I wish you much fun and satisfaction and a lot of learning for yourself.

dr. Leo D. Minnigh
Library Technical University Delft
PO BOX 98, 2600 MG Delft, The Netherlands
Tel.: 31 15 2782226
        Let your thoughts meander towards a sea of ideas.


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