The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization

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By (author) Peter M Senge

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  • Publisher: Image Books
  • Format: Paperback | 445 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 229mm x 30mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 21 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385517254
  • ISBN 13: 9780385517256
  • Sales rank: 10,365

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Completely Updated and Revised This revised edition of Peter Senge's bestselling classic, "The Fifth Discipline," is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book's ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization's ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories in the book demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas in "The Fifth Discipline," many of which seemed radical when first published in 1990, have become deeply integrated into people's ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices. In "The Fifth Discipline," Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning "disabilities" that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations--ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create results they truly desire. The updated and revised Currency edition of this business classic contains over one hundred pages of new material based on interviews with dozens of practitioners at companies like BP, Unilever, Intel, Ford, HP, Saudi Aramco, and organizations like Roca, Oxfam, and The World Bank. It features a new Foreword about the success Peter Senge has achieved with learning organizations since the book's inception, as well as new chapters on Impetus (getting started), Strategies, Leaders' New Work, Systems Citizens, and Frontiers for the Future. Mastering the disciplines Senge outlines in the book will: - Reignite the spark of genuine learning driven by people focused on what truly matters to them - Bridge teamwork into macro-creativity - Free you of confining assumptions and mindsets - Teach you to see the forest "and" the trees - End the struggle between work and personal time

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PETER M. SENGE is the founding chairperson of the Society for Organizational Learning and a senior lecturer at MIT. He is the co-author of "The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, The Dance of Change, " and "Schools That Learn "(part of the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook series)""and has lectured extensively throughout the world. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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"Forget your old, tired ideas about leadership. The most successful corporation of the 1990s will be something called a learning organization." -- "Fortune Magazine."

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An MIT Professor's pathbreaking book on building "learning organizations" -- corporations that overcome inherent obstacles to learning and develop dynamic ways to pinpoint the threats that face them and to recognize new opportunities. Not only is the learning organization a new source of competitive advantage, it also offers a marvelously empowering approach to work, one which promises that, as Archimedes put it, "with a lever long enough... single-handed I can move the world."