sharing.jpgThis wikispace and others are meant to support the philosophy behind a "learning organization." What is a learning organization?

"A learning organization is one that has an enhanced capacity to learn, adapt and change and is 'skilled at creating, acquiring and transferring knowledge and insights' (Garvin 1993). It is characterized by:

  • using information technology to inform/empower the many rather than the few;
  • collaboration rather than competition; making comparisons of the organization's best practices with the practices of others;
  • encouraging self development opportunities for everyone in the organization and encouraging individuals to take responsibility for their own learning and development;
  • exchanging information - getting closer to customers and suppliers;
  • using the people in contact with customers to bring back useful information about needs and opportunities" (Bopp and Smith 2001).


Richard E. Bopp and Linda C. Smith, Reference and Information Services: An Introduction (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited 2001), 234.

David Garvin, "Building a Learning Organization," Harvard Business Review 70, no. 4 (July/August 1993): 80.

Collaborative organizations comprised of diverse individuals can harness the power of the web to share information, create knowledge and solve problems.

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