Re: Intro: Gezinus J. Hidding + question

Emily Myers (
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 07:13:29 -0500 (EST)

Welcome Gezinus,
I don't have a L-O structure to recommend, but I would recommend charting
it with something like "Inspiration" so that the relationships can change
as individuals learn what they need to do. What electronic
infrastructure (product) do you find most useful in supporting L-O cultures?
Emily R. Myers
Mobius Project
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Voice (610) 388 1274 FX (610) 388 0555

On 9 Nov 1994, Gezinus J. Hidding wrote:

> My name is Gezinus J. Hidding. I am involved with Andersen Consulting's
> Methodology Program at Andersen's World Head Quarters in Chicago and lecture in
> the Executive Education Program at Carnegie Mellon University. I have been
> exposed to systems thinking since my graduate studies days back in Holland now
> about 15 years ago, not to mention my Ph.D. degree in Systems Science (and
> Strategic Planning) from CMU. Have always been interested in Decision Support
> Systems (which I believe should be tools not only to help people make better
> decisions, but also to help them learn better decision making) particularly for
> strategy decision making. For the past several years, I have been involved in
> completely rethinking methodology for Andersen Consulting (starting with
> helping them write their Methodology Long Range Plan) and continuing with
> implementing new methodology thinking in a "learning organization" paradigm on
> top of an internal electronic information sharing infrastructure.
> In the process of working on this, I have done some amount of reading, but am
> still looking for answers to the following issue: What does an organization
> look like that has adopted (or is adopting, if you will) a "learning
> organization" model? The background for this issue is that we started the
> learning organization implementation at the bottom, and are working our way up
> the management chain. It is reaching the big guys now. In their effort to
> grasp the new paradigm, they would like to see what the learning organization
> might look like, in terms of organization chart. I take their request
> positively; they are sensing the change, and they would like to be educated.
> (Even if the right answer is not an organization chart, they need to start
> there in their personal change process. I feel we should start from and work
> with their current reality.) I have come up with a few things (probably
> specific to Andersen's organization), but would like to find out what other
> folks have come up with. Apart from Quinn's spider web organizational "model",
> I have not found much. (Lots of people seem to say, "learning organization is
> good", lots of descriptions of what behaviors are necessary (probably the most
> important part), but I haven't seen a picture of what a learning organization
> structure might look like if we bumped into one.) Probably did not look in the
> right places. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
> Gezinus