what is a learning organisation LO29133

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 09/06/02

Replying to LO29119 --

Dear Organlearners,

Simon Farrar <FAR02050449@student.wakcoll.ac.uk> writes:

>one of my first assignments is "what is a learning
>organisation" And can information systems/information
>technology help to deliver the promise of this
>organisation ? and how?

Greetings dear Simon,

As a rule i do not help students by supplying them with parts of their
assignments. The reason is that learn nothing. But what i will gladly do,
is guiding a student through difficult parts of their assignments.

Since you have enrolled in a HND on computing, you may as well
learn how Google's advance search engine works. Its URL is
< http://www.google.com/advanced_search >
There is a lot of information on learning organisations on the web.
If you put
   learning organisation
in the top window, you will get 908 000 hits (as for today). That will
take you several years to work through. But if you put
   learning organisation
in the second window, you will get 23 700 hits. Why the difference?

Google use the words in the top window to search for them anywhere in a
file. But words in the second window have to occur in that order next to
each other.

Universities, for example, are "organisations for learning". But they love
to call themselves "learning organisations". Linguistically there is
nothing wrong with it. But Peter Senge identified certain organisations
having some unique properties with the technical name "learning
organisations". Here the two words form actually one concept.

One of these properties is that all members of that organisation are
aware to wholeness. So let us now use Google again and put in the
top window
and in the second window
   learning organisation
Guess how many hits you will get as for today? 123 hits! Shocking,
is it not? I think that if you work through those 123 sites, you might
get enough valuable information to complete your task.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@postino.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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