Learning and Organizational Design

Orga­ni­za­tions and the envi­ron­ments in which they oper­ate are becom­ing increas­ing­ly com­plex. Deal­ing with the new real­i­ties that com­plex­i­ty and change brings requires a fresh look at how orga­ni­za­tions are designed and how they oper­ate. In this course you will be intro­duced to a mod­el called the Ener­gy Flow Mod­el or E‑Flow Mod­el. The E‑Flow Mod­el looks at the fun­da­men­tal process­es by which orga­ni­za­tions learn, in which the orga­ni­za­tion is marked by vig­or­ous flows of ener­gy link­ing activ­i­ties of man­ag­ing, direct­ing, learn­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing. The notion of ener­gy” embraces flows of infor­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and learn­ing, and also flows con­scious­ness, moti­va­tion and pow­er. Defi­cien­cies and block­ages in the flow of ener­gy cre­ate fragili­ty that can lim­it suc­cess, and reduce an orga­ni­za­tion’s capac­i­ty to deal with uncer­tain­ty and change. In this course, learn how to diag­nose the ener­gy flows, so that you can design for effec­tive ener­gy flows with­in an orga­ni­za­tion, thus cre­at­ing the path­way towards a gen­er­a­tive learn­ing organization.
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