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The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,805 Ratings  ·  269 Reviews
Completely Updated and Revised

This revised edition of Peter Senge’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories in the b
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Crown Business (first published 1990)
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Neelesh Marik
This book is of biblical importance to any 'systems thinker' and/ or a life long learner, specifically in a organizational context as opposed to a lone ranger situation.

The book traces the endemic learning disabilities that plague most organizations, expounds on the fundamental laws of the fifth discipline, and describes typical ‘system archetypes’ that constitute dysfunctional patterns which impede performance.

Upon that foundation, it goes to describe each of the five disciplines: personal mast
Jack Vinson
Sep 21, 2010 Jack Vinson rated it really liked it
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This book isn't so much a knowledge management book as a tome on management philosophy. Senge has a lot of great ideas and thoughts throughout the book. There is the concept of leaders advocating vs. inquiring. The “what I say vs. what I do” idea of Espoused vs. In-use theories. The heart of the book is centered on five characteristics (disciplines) that organizations need in order to move into the next level of quality and competition.
I. Systems Thinking. This is the ability to see the patterns
Jenny Zhou
Giving it 5 stars due to a lot of wisdom/gems that helped me better understand my own organization and where we had significant learning disabilities. I read this two years ago and liked it, read it now and saw different insights, and imagine I'll have additional takeaways when observing my next organization. The book does a tremendous job uncovering why many organizations have trouble seeing the reality/system and how traditional managers of the "command/control/plan" school of thought are goin ...more
Amanda Brinkmann
Jan 14, 2013 Amanda Brinkmann rated it it was amazing
Senge, along with Ackoff and Flood, are some of the great minds in the field of systems thinking and complexity. This book and the full integration and understanding of its content into Leadership and Organisational practice, should, in my opinion, be compulsory. The Learning Organisation is not some pie-in-the-sky, futuristic concept - it is a necessity in respect of Transformation so as to still exist as an organisation, given the rapid change, uncertainty and increased complexity that we live ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Replicant33 rated it liked it
Recommended to Replicant33 by: Work
Shelves: read-in-2013
Reading yet again in preparation for teaching using this book, among others, to assist in approaches to solving complex problems. I still have major issues with some of Senge's assertions - he is commonly viewed as a brilliant thinker who applied complexity theory to organizational management. However, his reduction to the day-to-day processes of organizations as "archetypes" and the "god's eye" view of the manager as separate from and controlling the organization by optimizing the action of the ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Helene by: Wyllis Terry
Though this is NOT an easy read, it IS a must-read for everyone in a leadership position, and that really does include teacher-leaders. I think I started it four or five times before I was able to finish it. I would pick it up read a few chapters and then drop out. I'd pick it up again, start over, and then drop out again. It was Wyllis Terry who finally said, don't start it over, just keep reading from where you left off which allowed me to finally finish it. I'm glad I did. It is such a basic ...more
Obeida Takriti
Dec 14, 2014 Obeida Takriti rated it really liked it
من أفضل الكتب في مجال الإدارة..
يشرح الكتاب الأبعاد الخمسة الضرورية لأي منظمة كي تصبح متعلمة..
فالمعرفة في هذا العصر وسرعتها هي أهم عامل في تميز الشركة عن غيرها..

الكتاب بناء على اسمه يركز على البعد الخامس كأهم بعد وهو
System Thinking
أي التفكير بطريقة النظم التي يمكن أن نبنيها لأي عملية تحصل أمامنا..
وذلك لكي نبتعد عن النظرية الأحادية المتسلسلة في النظر للأحداث..

الأبعاد الأربعة البقية هي:
التميز الشخصي Personal Mastery
النماذج والصور العقلية Mental Models
رؤية مشتركة Shared Vision
التعلم كفريق Team Learn
Feb 01, 2009 Abraham rated it it was amazing
Rarely would I use this term to describe anything but the good book itself but here goes..."this book is the bible for any leader/manager".

Or maybe a better description would be "the canon", since it is a definitive work but one, as by the theme of the book suggests, that can and should be improved upon.

The book is both frustrating and refreshing for the same reason - it doesn't try and present it's ideas in an "easily" replicable framework. Though an outlined framework or step-by-step process/v
Jul 04, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it
Stumbled upon a copy this week and decided to re-read. I found it more enjoyable now than I did when I read it the first time, perhaps because systems thinking has become such a core part of what we discuss in our company and with our clients.

Most of the texts that I read on systems thinking when I was in school and even today are written in a very 'smarter than you' tone; I think that one of the greatest features of this book is that its choice of language is very accessible.

I think that ther
Jurgen Appelo
Jun 05, 2011 Jurgen Appelo rated it liked it
Good ideas, but far too much stories and quasi-philosophical fluff. Could have been edited to one third of its size.
Glenn Van
Vijf disciplines die je nodig hebt om een lerende organisatie te worden. Personal Mastery, Shared vision, Mental models, Team learning en Systems thinking. Wat ik er uithaal is dat alleen kunt komen tot een gedeelde visie als je persoonlijke visie helder is. Daar gaat Cover Vijfde Disciplinehet volgens mij al snel mis bij alle veranderingen in organisaties. Ook het onderdeel over Systems thinking is blijven hangen. In onze taal zijn we heel doel gericht: Ik schenk water in. Klinkt logisch, lineair. Senge laat ons zie ...more
Jun 16, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book has been around for a long time but it seems that the main messages it contains (My major take-aways):
- cause and effect are about large numbers of interactions at many levels that are not necessarily proximate in time.
- people really listening to each other and being motivated by each other is how things really get done
are only now starting to really be internalized and popularized.

It's not the Human Genome Project, it's proteomics and the epi-genome (how the genes express themselves
Gajula Praveen Kumar Naidu
Apr 18, 2012 Gajula Praveen Kumar Naidu rated it it was amazing
"Recommended reading! The organizations that will truly excel in the future will be those that discover how to tap peopleâs commitment and develop the capacity to learn at all levels in an organization. Deep down, people
are learners. No one has to teach an infant to learn. In fact, no one has to teach infants anything. They are intrinsically inquisitive, masterful learners. Learning organizations are possible because at heart we all love to learn. Through learning we re-create ourselves and are
Ahmed Al sanhani
Engaging employees to solve problems will convert a company into a learning organization. A learning organization is an organization that uses a continuous learning philosophy within the company and transform learnt knowledge to the workplace.

"The five disciplines represent approaches (theories and methods) for developing three core learning capabilities: fostering aspiration, developing reflective conversation, and understanding complexity."

The book discusses five disciplines that must be take
Mar 02, 2015 Roberto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é uma excelente introdução para o uso de pensamento sistêmico em organizações de diferentes tipos. Segue um resumo das partes que me pareceram mais interessantes:
- As capacidades centrais de aprendizagem deum grupo dependem de 3 habilidades:
1. Aspirações --> divididas em duas categorias: domínio pessoal (tensão criativa (visão vs. realidade atual, e a capacidade de interpretá-las), conflito estrutural (crença travando a possibilidade de alcançar a visão)) e visão compartilhada com
Paul Boos
Dec 17, 2013 Paul Boos rated it it was amazing
This book describes what I would hope most organizations aspire to be, particularly those that want to be known as 'Agile'. Learning Organizations are the organizations that take leadership in the creative economy. This book describes the key characteristics these organizations will have and how these will make the organizations more effective. It's still as relevant today as it was in the 90s.
Paul Courtney
Nov 17, 2012 Paul Courtney rated it it was amazing
This was my first exposure to the ideas of complexity and non-linear systems in the everyday world of business. My other readings to that point in time had been from the scientific perspective. So I enjoyed reading how Mr. Senge applied those concepts to workshops where he had business people experience systems first hand.
Abhay Gandhi
Oct 17, 2015 Abhay Gandhi rated it it was amazing
The best book I have laid my hands on in recent times which has drastically changed my worldview. It provides a great set of tools to better understand systems and effect change to create a more sustainable future. Ignore it at your own peril !
Nov 16, 2014 Khuyen rated it really liked it
Read it for a class my first semester in college. Introduced me to the idea of system thinking, which stuck to me ever since. I thought I was big on learning; Peter Senge even coined the term "Learning organisation"!

Not surprising that this is a canonical book for management, a "bible" that I will surely keep on referring to. I read in again over the winter break - this time absorbing a lot more wisdom as I was planning for a project over the summer where I had to work with a big team of 17 peo
Erika RS
Dec 23, 2015 Erika RS rated it it was amazing
Some books are perspective changing and some take a perspective already inside of you and develop it into a much more powerful and actionable set of tools. The Fifth Discipline is the latter sort of book. It is like an application of my attitude toward life directly to organizational leadership.

Even though this book is fairly short, it took me weeks to read. Every time I read it, there was an observation or a tool that I had to think about or share. (And oh, how I love systems thinking.)

There ar
Jun 17, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have started an organization, or are in an organization.
When I first started reading this book, it was one of those books that I really wanted to like. I understood that there were important lessons to learn, but they weren't coming in clearly to me. I started to get the hang of it towards the middle and end of the book, but the writing is definitely dense enough to warrant another read through, both to pick up more of the content but also to slowly ponder how to apply some of these to my own work organization. The content deserves 5 stars, however I ...more
May 24, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Everyone who works for a large private or public entity should read this book.
Ann Mur
Jul 09, 2014 Ann Mur rated it liked it
I appreciated the idea of systems thinking, and gained some insight on the need to scale the scope of my consideration in regards to corporate organization (but also, in general). The need for personal and shared vision is nothing new, and in many ways this book is indeed dated, but it was fascinating to see some of these ideas at their roots. I particularly liked the explanation of creative tension (the difference between your vision and your current reality, and how being cognizant of both fue ...more
Wouter Zwemmer
Dec 12, 2015 Wouter Zwemmer rated it really liked it
Van Senge heb ik geleerd wat systemisch (let op: dit is wat anders dan systematisch...) denken is. Ook zinvol in het dagelijks leven.

Eén van de minder aangehaalde, maar wel interessante concepten in dit boek, is dat van 'personal mastery': "(...) the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience and of seeing reality objectively." (Rustig nog eens lezen die zin...). Wat mij aanspreekt zijn de noties van concentratie, het
Henri Hämäläinen
Jul 13, 2014 Henri Hämäläinen rated it really liked it
his time I had in my reading list one of the business literature classics The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter Senge. It's a book that introduces systems thinking as we know it know.

Book is well written, but even more importantly the contents of it are really valuable. I had read about systems thinking before and I had been given so many recommendations about this book, that I had high hopes for the book. Luckily it matched my expectations.

The idea o
Chris Little
I first met systems theory in ministry training post-theological college. This was in connection to pastoral care for people, taking note of the systems in which they live (family, workplace, peer group, church, etc).

This book is all about systems thinking and its use particularly in management. It is an effort to shift our thinking from simple linear cause-effect. In its stead is the more useful conception of two-way and mutual effect. For example, a business downtown might lead to cost-cutting
Omar Halabieh
Aug 10, 2013 Omar Halabieh rated it really liked it
The main premise of the book is best summarized by the author in the opening chapter: "The tools and ideas presented in this book are for destroying the illusion that the world is created of separate, unrelated forces. When we give up this illusion—we can then build "learning organizations," organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and w ...more
Andre Soares
Oct 22, 2008 Andre Soares rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diante das modernas tecnologias que marcaram a virada do milênio, não há como se escapar da pergunta: como será a administração dos negócios no século XXI? O livro “A Quinta Disciplina”, escrito por Peter Senge, considerado um clássico da literatura de Administração de Empresas, continua apresentando algumas das melhores respostas a essa questão.

Dois aspectos fundamentais do mundo atual, que contribuem para dificultar quaisquer previsões acerca do futuro, são o ritmo acelerado de mudanças socia
Ime'... Imelda
May 11, 2009 Ime'... Imelda rated it really liked it
Fifth Discipline is one of those books recommended for those who wants to learn about system dynamics; but then again, if i have to review this book from system dynamics's side, i don't think this book is a good one. You need to know quite a bit about system dynamics to understand it more through this book. Yet, from management side, i think this book is a great one.

I should say that this is a must-read book for those people reign in the management cycle. Because this book consists things that a
Brian Rast
May 29, 2008 Brian Rast rated it it was amazing
The Disciplines. Peter M. Senge presents five component technologies, or disciplines, in the book The Fifth Discipline
o Systems Thinking – a conceptual framework, a body of knowledge and tools that make the full patterns of invisible fabrics of interrelated actions (systems) clearer and which helps to change them effectively
o Personal Mastery – as with a master craftsman, this is a continual clarifying and deepening of our personal vision, focusing of our energies, developing patience, and see
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