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Chapter 2
Working as a Team: Fostering Learning Organizations

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The transfer of knowledge among a learning organization is a complex task, and yet, vital for successful teamwork. If taken seriously, however, and having the support of senior management it can be accomplished. Not that I have met any learning organization in its fullest sense, I haven't, and I don't think I ever will. But such a generative learning environment is to be cultivated, even though you may never be able to become a truly learning organization. Achieving such a level is like achieving the fullest sense of personal humility, or even Zen. Once you believe and affirm you have reached it, you would have just missed it.

Nonetheless, organizational learning is very important for team building, in particular in the twenty-first century, globalized, fast-paced and multicultural business settings. Business executives and team leaders must be aware that if organizations are not able to cope with the rapidly changing business environment, which also encompasses technology and human behavior within the organization, it will die. I strongly believe that organizational learning is becoming as important to corporate teams as vitamins and minerals are to the human body: depleted of it, the whole system gradually breaks down and becomes ill, and if not replenished, it eventually succumbs.

  • Building Teams by Transferring Knowledgement
Topics: Teams

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