Erik de Haan
Organisations & People, Vol. 12 No. 4, december 2005
Virtually no concept in management development is as popular as that of the learning organisation, judging by the stream of publications exploring it. Since its introduction in the 1980s it has become almost an integral part of everyday business practice, as virtually every organisation tries to keep pace and wants to learn to adapt even better and faster to its changing environment. But how is a leader or manager to choose from the vast range of interventions targeted at learning, changing and development? And how to choose the right approach and the right focus for its application? This article explores the state of the art of the learning organisation and tries to give specific, practical suggestions.