1. What are the key components of the learning organization, and how do these relate to the principles of systems theory?
2. Based upon the concept of the learning organization, provide (1) a detailed example of a company that failed to adapt to a changing environment and (2) a detailed example of one that succeeded in adapting to a changing environment.
(reference reading book Modaff, D.P. , Butler, J. A., & DeWine, S. (2008). Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings, 3d ed.)
Before you begin, I recommend going through your course materials (course notes and readings) and gathering material you have on systems theory (ie. Parsons AGIL theory) - even Weber's work on bureaucracies and rational and non-rational behavior would help along with whatever material you have on learning organizations.
Briefly, systems theory in sociology is connect to Luhmann but I think it is more likely that you will have studied Parson and perhaps even Wallerstein's world systems theory in connection to this. Parsons was a functionalist; he believes that all things are knowable and provable which is known as positivism and functinonalists believe that everyone and everyone and every thing has a function in society. The strength of a society often is connected to how strong and well-organized its social systems are. Parsons came up with 'action systems' or 'action theory'. His theory of a AGIL system is part of action theory and basically the idea is that in order for a society to successfully survive, it need to be adaptive or he labeled it "Adaption" meaning it needs to change with the environment (i.e. improve infrastructure as the population grows and needs ...
Learning organization key components are examined.