What is Organizational Learning Culture?
By Bruno Raynal, Blue Thinking
Not all learning requires a formal educational setting. Although the term “organizational learning” refers to education, it involves much more than participating in traditional learning environments such as classrooms. Organizational learning is complex and takes place within the workplace. It is a daily occurrence that allows employees within an organization to contemplate, interact, participate, and observe how to do their job more effectively. Simply put, organizational learning can be defined as acquiring and applying knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and attitudes that increase conservation, growth, and progress in an organization.
The Five Disciplines of Organizational Learning
Organizational learning stems from five unique disciplines:
- Personal development: Helping individuals grow and expand their knowledge through a group environment.
- Mental models: Encourages self-reflection, clarification, and improvement on how an individual sees and interacts in the world around him.
- Shared visions: Individuals should work as a team and center their vision, goals, and development on that of the group—not a single person.
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