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

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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
ebook, 464 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Crown Business (first published 1990)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization, Peter M. Senge
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیستم اکتبر سال 1997 میلادی
عنوان: پنجمین فرمان؛ نویسنده: پیتر سنگه؛ مترجم: حافظ کمال هدایت؛ محمد روشن؛ تهران، سازمان مدیریت صنعتی، 1375؛ در 500 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1377؛ شابک: ایکس - 964617518؛ چاپ چهارم 1382؛ چاپ پنجم 1385؛ در 508 ص؛ شابک: 9646175546؛ موضوع: سازماندهی کارآمد گروه های کار - قرن 20 م
پیام کلی «پیتر سنگه» در کتاب پنجمین فرمان، این است که: هیچ سازمانی نمیتواند برای رشد و پیشرفت خود، ت
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: km
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 pattern
SeyedMahdi Hosseini
مدت زیادی بود که این کتاب در کتابخانه بود و میخواستم مطالعه کنم. از طرف دیگر خیلی وقت بود که به دنبال مطالعه درباره تفکر سیستمی بودم دریغ از اینکه چنین کتاب ارزشمندی در کتابخانه خاک میخورد. با وجودی که کتاب در سال 1990 نوشته شده اغلب اوقات احساس کهنگی نمی کنید و به خوبی با مفاهیم تفکر سیستمی و پیچیدگی آشنا می شوید. ضمنا فرامینی برای ایجاد سازمانهای یادگیرنده می آموزید که همگی به هم وابسته اند. ضمیمه 20 صفحه ای که در انتهای کتاب وجود دارد درواقع کل کتاب را به شکلی زیبا مرور می کند به گونه ای که ا ...more
Obeida Takriti
Nov 10, 2014 Obeida Takriti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
"Пятая дисциплина. Искусство и практика самообучающейся организации" Питера Сенге вошла в ряд одной из лучших бизнес книг, которые мне доводилось когда либо прочесть. Если сравнивать её с подавляющим большинством другой деловой литературы, то приходишь к выводу, что когда многие не менее уважаемые авторы борются с симптомами, то Сенге же выискивает сам корень проблемы и учит решать сложные вопросы на фундаментальном уровне.

Это далеко не новая мысль, но то с какими акцентами, аргументами, фактами
Foad Ansari
Sep 08, 2015 Foad Ansari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این نویسنده رو میشه به عنوان پدر تفکر سیستمی نام برد
Sep 13, 2008 Abraham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2011 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
Jul 04, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2014 Replicant33 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jurgen Appelo
Good ideas, but far too much stories and quasi-philosophical fluff. Could have been edited to one third of its size.
Omar Halabieh
Mar 18, 2013 Omar Halabieh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2017 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was okay. Some nice nuggets and examples but not as fulfilling as I had hoped. Commitment vs compliance, enrolling vs being sold both excellent concepts. also enjoyed the pattern of the beer game.
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
Nov 30, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
Paul Courtney
Nov 17, 2012 Paul Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Paul Boos
Mar 21, 2013 Paul Boos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 09, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in systems thinking, this is where you start.
But don't start if you are prone to depression when you understand why organizations fail or worse, are designed to get what they are getting!

But if you have a calling to attempt something bigger, better, and redesigned from the start, courage! and read on!
Nov 01, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely exceptional concepts, and remains a must read for anyone who wants to understand fundamentally important concepts such as organizational learning, systemic approaches (that overtly recognize how processes/actions/sub-systems cause circular impacts) and how to take steps toward related improvements.
Lopamudra Banerjee
Dec 22, 2016 Lopamudra Banerjee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fabulous book - the concept has been explained brilliantly with enough examples. Corporate world can undergo a sea change if systems thinking was applied and learning organisations developed everywhere.
Apr 29, 2016 Koen rated it it was amazing
One of the most interesting books I've ever read.
Very tough though.
It will accompany me for the rest of my life...
It's about personal mastery ('plus est en vous') and above all about learning organizations...
A must read for every one!
Abhay Gandhi
Mar 29, 2015 Abhay Gandhi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 !
Easy Projects
Apr 19, 2013 Easy Projects rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Project managers can use these lessons to improve team process and dynamics, and to detect and analyze problems in institutional thinking.
Shhhhh Ahhhhh
Nov 12, 2016 Shhhhh Ahhhhh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-value
AMAZING! This is a must-read for anyone who is a problem solver, activist, or anyone who just wants to know how the world works.
Bob Wallner
Apr 26, 2014 Bob Wallner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Excellent book - a bit wordy at times.

Really enjoyed the reflections near the end of the book by people who grasped the principles.
Ryan Sloan
Feb 02, 2017 Ryan Sloan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
The core ideas behind this book are interesting, but ultimately it failed to meet my (admittedly lofty) expectations. The framework Senge defines for creating/understanding learning organizations (using the five "disciplines") is thoughtful and coherent. He defines the five disciplines as:
1) Systems Thinking - Break free of linear cause-and-effect thinking and recognize the complex, interrelated forces at work. This is the "Fifth Discipline" referenced in the title, though Senge always discusses
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Peter M. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."
--from the author's website
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