The Unlearning Organisation LO9925

Martin Wood (
Thu, 12 Sep 1996 18:15:25 +0100

Replying to LO9889 --

Brock Vodden <> in LO9889 writes:

> In LO9781, I made reference to organizations that are experiencing
> relatively little change.
> Martin Wood ( in an E-mail message to me
> asked for further information about these businesses. I suppose Martin
> is incredulous that such businesses exist?

As it happens, it doesn't surprise me at all that they exist. I'd asked
because I didn't want to make any assumptions about the types of
businesses that you were referring to. Perhaps I hadn't made that clear -
in which case, I apologise.

<snip list of examples>

> The question that I was raising is whether our pre-occupation with
> rapid change .... makes it difficult for these organizations to relate
> to what is being said about current organization affairs.
> I don't know the answer to the question.

Nor me, but I suspect that there will be as many perspectives as there are
businesses !

It seems to me that there may be less pressure for the small family
business with very low growth ambitions (for example) to adopt an LO
approach, than for (say) a hi-tech business with fairly short product
lifetimes in a fiercely competitive environment. That lack of pressure
would suggest that the family business would ignore such ideas as LO and
do something else more urgent or rewarding (like ordering new stock or
going fishing). But that's merely an assumption on my part.

> Are there any list members out there who feel that their stable
> environment is misunderstood, neglected, misled, etc.?

... who can help both of us understand this a bit more ?

Martin Wood - Communications and Media Division, EDS UK         Tel: +44 1908 284050
The views above are mine, and not necessarily those of EDS

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