The "Learning School" incorporates various elements from the last 20+ years to offer a radical approach to that flexibility problem: What if an organization's strategy included organizational learning? What if organizational learning actually drove strategic change?
That is, what if the organization focused time and attention on
- questioning strategic assumptions,
- scanning the environment for emerging threats and opportunities,
- engaging in dialog about the complexities and confusion in the environment,
- learning in an emergent way, and
- coming together about new directions based on a new shared understanding?
Emergent learning? Maybe the right way to deal with the environmental emergent-cies we all see smashing over-considered strategies?
And, with the whole organizational learning opus on the table, what if an organization were smart and bold enough to combine a few things, as a test? Specifically:
Executive small group
(chartered to find and recommend strategic modifications)
New technologies for virtual group work
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An agile, adaptive, approach to strategy revision
Could be a game-changer...