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The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization - Revised edition
Peter M. Senge

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Format: Paperback, 445pp.
ISBN: 9780385517256
Publisher: Crown Business
Pub. Date: Revised edition March 21, 2006

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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 family time

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."

This edition contains a new introduction, which welcomes readers to the ever-expanding community of learners united by their passionate belief in these ideas and helps peole encountering this work for the first time.



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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."
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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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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Paperback Edition ix
Some Tips for First-Time Readers xxi
PART I HOW OUR ACTIONS CREATE OUR REALITY... AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE IT
1 "Give Me a Lever Long Enough . . . and Single-Handed I Can Move the World" 3
2 Does Your Organization Have a Learning Disability? 17
3 Prisoners of the System, or Prisoners of Our Own Thinking? 27
PART II THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE: THE CORNERSTONE OF THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION
4 The Laws of the Fifth Discipline 57
5 A Shift of Mind 68
6 Nature's Templates: Identifying the Patterns That Control Events 93
7 The Principle of Leverage 114
8 The Art of Seeing the Forest and the Trees 127
PART III THE CORE DISCIPLINES: BUILDING THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION
9 Personal Mastery 139
10 Mental Models 174
11 Shared Vision 205
12 Team Learning 233
PART IV PROTOTYPES
13 Openness 273
14 Localness 287
15 A Manager's Time 302
16 Ending the War Between Work and Family 306
17 Microworlds: The Technology of the Learning Organization 313
18 The Leader's New Work 339
PART V CODA
19 A Sixth Discipline? 363
20 Rewriting the Code 364
21 The Indivisible Whole 368
Appendix l: The Learning Disciplines 373
Appendix 2: Systems Archetypes 378
Notes 391
Acknowledgments 411
Index 414



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