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  • An organization that continuously engages in the acquisition of new knowledge, skills, abilities, or attitudes to grow, respond to changes in the environment, and improve product or service quality. Learning organizations expand their capacity to create their desired future by means of generative learning, the organizing principle of the system's life and culture. Popularized by Peter Senge (1990), learning organizations are characterized by five “disciplines,” or bodies of theory and practice:

    • Personal mastery: the ongoing expansion of individual vision, capacity, proficiency, and competency to realize the results that matter the most
    • Mental models: scrutinizing and challenging deeply ingrained assumptions, generalizations, and beliefs that influence how individuals understand the world, shape their thoughts, and enact interaction
    • Shared vision: the creation of a genuine, shared image of the future ...

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