Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems: Integrating Bold Visions and Harsh…

Hardcover | January 7, 2005

byJoel Cutcher-gershenfeld, J. Kevin Ford

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Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems: Integrating Bold Visions and Harsh Realities offers a comprehensive framework for understanding how knowledge, skills and capabilities are developed in organizations--and how this process offers deep insights into the predictablebarriers to success. Written in a clear, accessible style, it highlights the crucial part "disconnects" play in the learning cycle--a role that it is essential to understand in today's increasingly knowledge-driven work systems. The conceptual framework of the text is grounded in scholarly research and detailed case studies that focus on an organization's front-line operating practices, the governance of training and learning activities, and ties to the strategic level. The book highlights six types of organizationallearning--including learning that is incremental, experimental, continuous, synergistic, entrenched, and revolutionary--all of which have different implications for theory and practice. The book is organized into three parts. Part I, Bold Visions, introduces the importance and great potential of systems for learning, training, and knowledge. Part II, Harsh Realities, takes a detailed look at the dynamics of "disconnects," "divergence," and "dilemmas" in the learning process.Finally, Part III, Integration, highlights the interconnections between the Bold Visions and the Harsh Realities. Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems: Integrating Bold Visions and Harsh Realities is essential reading for organizational leaders at all levels and it is ideal for courses in industrial/organizational psychology, business, and public policy.

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Valuable Disconnects in Organizational Learning Systems: Integrating Bold Visions and Harsh Realities offers a comprehensive framework for understanding how knowledge, skills and capabilities are developed in organizations--and how this process offers deep insights into the predictablebarriers to success. Written in a clear, accessible...

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is Senior Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Engineering Systems Learning Center, with appointments in MIT's Engineering Systems Division and the Sloan School of Management. He has written seven books, including Knowledge-Driven Work (OUP, 1998), and more than sixty articles, chapters, and techni...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 6.3 × 9.41 × 0.79 inPublished:January 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Vision1. Pressure in the System2. Building Capability3. The Slippery SlopePart II: Harsh Realities4. Predictable Disconnects5. Enduring Dilemmas6. Divergent LearningPart III: Integration7. Changing Skill Sets8. Changing Mindsets9. Sustaining Learning Systems