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Analyze Palm's feedback loops and organizational learning opportunities.

I want you to take a look at the feedback loops in Palm, Inc. Identify one Balancing Loop and one Reinforcing Loop. These feedback loops should be critical to Palm's performance and success.

Explain each one of these loops - what are the causal factors and how do they affect each other. for the Reinforcing loop, you should look for an area where there is growth and for the balancing loop, you need to look for goal behavior. Once you have identified and explained these critical feedback loops, you need to identify how Palm has generated organizational learning, AND how they can go further and generate additional organizational learning. What do they need to do to improve their performance further?

Determine the two critical feedback loops. Describe each Feedback Loop that you identify in your organization and explain why you selected them. Make sure you explain the Loop, the cause and effect process within the Loop. You could also include a Causal Loop Diagram. If you do, show the arrows and direction of affect (+ or -). Also, determine what the warrant is for your case.

Briefly discuss the theory of organizational learning so that you provide a summary of this information to the execs - establish this as common ground.

Identify the learning activities in each feedback loop that Palm has already taken.

Then identify the opportunities for organizational learning in each Feedback Loop. Make a Case that these are learning opportunities. Logically show how the feedback process provides an opportunity for the organization to learn and improve its performance. Be precise. Depth and breadth in your discussion is always a good thing.

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In this response, we will discussed the Feedback loops and their types. Its types are balancing feedback loop and reinforcing feedback loop. This paper will explain the cause and effect process within the loop. In this paper, we will also discuss the manner in which feedback loop will be critical to palm incorporation success and performance. The response addresses the queries posted in 1690 words with eight references.

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Feedback loop is the channel or the way of the passage, which is developed by an effect returning to its cause and brings more or less same effects. Feedback loops helps in improving or buffering the changes which happen in the system. It will assist in decreasing the impact of change or amplify factors. The positive link between the state means that if the cause increases, effects will increase at the same level or more than that and if the causes reduce, the effects will also reduce (Systems Diagrams, 2010).

Balancing Loop:
Balancing Loop endeavor the move of the things of the organization in such a manner which help in filling the gap between the desired and actual state. It acts as a foundational structure of the system and representative of those situations where there are goal or objectives and some steps are taken to attain them. This loop helps in eliminating or reducing the gap between the actual and desired state of any situation (Balancing Loop, 2004).

The figure exhibits that there is a gap between the current state and desired state. The current state is moved to desired state by implementing actions in the company. The assumption, which is taken in this loop, is that the desired state is always greater than the actual state. When the actions are implemented and the current stages are moved to the desired stages then the current state decrease the gap. The gap becomes zero when current sate is equal to desired state. For example, balancing loop helps in decreasing the impact of change. A service company having few resources wants to increase the quality of the services. In this situation, if the company enhances the service quality, it will result into improving the satisfaction of the customers. This also helps in increasing the demand of the service and to fulfill all the demands. The company will not able to fulfill individual demands which will decrease the ability to enhance further. The factors are customer satisfactions and quality services. The changes in services will change the satisfaction also. It exhibits that the factors are moving in the same way (Systems Diagrams, 2010).

In this part we will discuss the reinforcing loop and the causal loop. In this part, we will also discuss which loops are existing in Palm Incorporation.

Reinforcing Loop:
This loop defines that an action taken in a situation will develop the result, which influences more of the similar action thus resulting in growth or decline. In the system thinking, reinforcing loop is also one of the foundational structures. This loop helps in formulating the accelerate growth or decline. Small actions taken in the system can bring major changes in the organization. For example, if the customers are satisfied, they will advertise about the company positively and this will lead to ...

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