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Organizational Learning and Feedback Loops

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1.Please provide a scholarly definition of "Organization learning (from a peer-reviewed journal.) There are many differing definition of OL - and many opinions on precisely how organizations learn ( or if they can even learn at all). Some notable theorists include Chris Argyris, Peter Senge, Bente ELKjaer, James G. March, Herbert A Simon, Mark Easterbay-Smith, and Fiol & Lyles, among innumerable others.

2. Is there a difference between the notion of Organizational Learning (OL) and that of the "Learning Organization (LO)? Are we anthropomorphizing organizations when we say that they "learn"?

3) Please describe the extent to which you believe Google is also a "Learning Organization" If so, how does the organization "learn"? What has organization "learned, and through what mechanism (s)?

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1. Organizational learning is an area within organizational theory that that studies the way organizations learn and adopt. From a different perspective organizational learning is a process that increases the collective ability of the organization to accept, make sense, and respond to internal and external change (1). Organizational learning needs systematic integration is a continuous process, and collective interpretation of new knowledge that leads to collective action. It is also a process through which an organization gains new knowledge about its environment, goals, and functions (2).

2. A learning organization is one that encourages the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself. Learning organizations develop as a result of pressures facing modern organizations. These pressures include intensifying of competition, advances in ...

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Difference between organizational learning and learning organization is explained in a structured manner in this response. The answer includes references used.

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