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The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization

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Senge's best-selling The Fifth Discipline led Business Week to dub him the "new guru" of the corporate world; here he offers executives a step-by-step guide to building "learning organizations" of their own. ...more
Paperback, 593 pages
Published June 20th 1994 by Crown Business
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Morgan Blackledge
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

Great application of the theories and principles discussed in the primary text.

I actually liked it better than the Fifth Discipline.

It’s a real value add.

Good stuff.
The companion to The Fifth Discipline - the parent book lays out the principles and provides some examples, and this work goes further in helping readers put the concepts to practical use. Highly recommended for anyone who is working to improve the functioning of any human system.
Rankedhi Ops
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
These 5 key disciplines keep coming up in others books about how to manage successfully. This is the step by step with check points version
Antony Mayfield
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended by our leadership consultant, this is a classic text and full of useful case studies and models. Quite specialised and technical in parts, but if you are interested in the idea of being a learning organisation, it is a good place to start.
Scott Wozniak
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an articulate discussion on the ideas of the Fifth Discipline by consultants who have been using it with clients. It doesn't have new concepts, but it has diagrams, discussion exercises and stories of how companies have implemented the various systems. ...more
Mohamed Yehia
This is a complementary book to "The Fifth Discipline". The aim of the book was to provide toools to the first book, but I found it a bit weak & not that practical. ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my "go to" books when it comes to organisation performance and improvement. Although the book has been around for a long time, the lessons remain as valid today as ever. ...more
Roberto Caminos
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinary book that outlines the benefits of transforming your organization into a learning organization.
Shannon Coughlin
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Became a point of reference in the office some years back when we were going through massive changes.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book which gives some excellent insights about how to build a successfully organisation by building a learning organisation. one of the key tools that i took away from the book was the theory (not new by any means) around systems thinking. the ability to view an action in its holistic sense with an awareness of the interdependencies that act has with others and what the ramifications are. it gives you some very practical insights into improving your consulting skills but i guess ...more
Bob Wallner
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Leaders
I remember when I got out of my undergraduate studies in the early 1990s the buzzword “Learning Organization” was all in fashion. At the time there were a lot of discussions around making our organization a learning organization to compete with the Japanese.

We didn't have a good understanding of what was happening with the Japanese invasion, so we played whack-a-mole trying different things to see what worked. Within a couple of years “Learning Organization” was not talked about much other than
Alabama Best Practices Center
Even though this book is rather dated, I refer to it frequently. Peter Senge is the father of learning communities and this book contains a wealth of information about how effective learning organizations function. From the Ladder of Inferences, to dealing effectively with conflict and change, this book is a treasure.
Jeffrey Jablonski
Feb 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Most of the themes discussed are not his own. He does write it so that it can more easily be read by a larger audience. In general found it to be the Dr Phil version of management 101. Lots of generalities without much real substance. Heard a lot of good things about it prior to reading it, but can't say I agree with them. ...more
Zhi Han
One of the good things about the books written by academic people is that they focus on the principle and simplify the discussion. This book is very well written for organizations. However it also appears to be on the abstract side, maybe it can be improved a little bit by adding more concrete case studies.
Samir Dhond
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I storngly recommend this book to all HR and OD prationers. Such a useful book. Talks about tools and techniques that we can use while working on developing and building organizations. I particularly liked the "Lefthand Column Exercise. ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My copy is highlighted, dog-eared and post-it noted. Used it as a text and some of my former students have told me they still use it as a reference also. Probably the most useful book on management I've ever read. ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this for my change management class. It it s a good reference book. It is not a book that you would voluntarily sit down and just read; but it is one of those books that is full of good information and deserves shelf space on any managers personal reference library.
Vincent Musolino
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Lots of interesting content, including exercises and templates; the Kindle edition makes it difficult to understand the structure of the book. I would actually recommend this book over the original simply because it contains many more practical aspects to the 5 disciplines.
Christine Galvin-Combet
Methods on cultivating and sustaining a "learning" organization. In my opinion, it's more of a resource that you absorb over time rather than in a short period. ...more
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Great tools to help build a "learning culture" ...more
Wayne G
Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: professional
I have not read this word for word... but that's not what this book is about... it's about findong practical appliocations for Senge's theories in ANY organization ...more
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A must for every educator. I have read this a hundred times and it is filled with dog ears, highlights and post-its for reference.
Sabrina Braham
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business-books
Good ideas to implement in your company
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Read parts of this book for college course I edited...
Steve Johnson
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Practical outworking of the Fifth Discipline. This will help you to be a systems thinker, and there is a great chance that you need to think more systems than you are. I know I do.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Read SEP 2000
Ks Pillai
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you are a manager, keep it close to you, come very handy often
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Important companion workbook to the text.
Polly Callahan
Jun 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, business
systems theory section may be interesting...

probably too dated
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A treasure
Reading it is a pleasure
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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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