CAS President Gavin Henning introduces 13 steps for building a learning organization. Where will you begin?
This is part three of a series of blog posts regarding learning organizations.
In my last two posts, I've written about how learning organizations can be a solution for change and the benefits of learning organizations. This post outlines 13 steps for building a learning organization.
As a refresher, Senge (1990) describes learning organizations as
Organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole together. (p. 3)
How does an office, department, division, or even an institution become a learning organization? The steps below as I described in an issue of the New England Journal of Higher Education are a recipe for success.
The higher education landscape is changing rapidly and there are no signs that the change will slow down. Organizations which can become learning organizations will be better prepared to not only weather the storm of change, adapt to external pressures, evolve to leverage new opportunities, but also survive.
Considering the 13 steps above, where will you start with your program, office, department or division?
Henning, G. W. (2018). Organized anarchies: 13 steps to building a learning organization. New England Journal of Higher Education, 2/5/18.
Senge, P. (1990). The fifth discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization. New York, NY: Doubleday.
Dr. Gavin Henning is Professor and Program Director for the Master of Higher Education Administration and Doctorate of Education at New England College. He also is the President of CAS and a recent past present of ACPA: College Student Educators International. Gavin actively contributes to higher education assessment literature, and he recently co-authored Student Affairs Assessment: Theory to Practice and co-edited Coordinating Student Affairs Divisional Assessment: A Practical Guide. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology both from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Master of Arts degree in College and University Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from Michigan State University.
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