Re: Emergent Learning LO2156
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 09:03:31 -0500

Replying to LO2145

Bernard writes:
>Could we imagine an organization that would be a knowledgenet?
>Could that organization be called a learning org?

It seems that 'knowledgenet' would refer more to how the
organization -stores- and makes available what it already
has rather than how it acquires additional knowledge, or
how it achieves new learning.

Consider the network versus the hierarchy: In some ways, in
the hierarchy everything depends (in the literal Latin sense
of the word) from the top-most element. In a network, things
may depend on the center-most element. That is, someone may
central to lots of activities, and if that person becomes
unavailable, the organization becomes crippled. That person
will have become a bottleneck.

What can we do, in the spirit of sharing our learning and
learning from one another, to avoid having our organizations
become too dependent on certain links in the network? How
can we avoid unhealthy dependence?

Michael Ayers        (612) 733-5690      FAX (612) 737-7718
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