In his book The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge defined a learning organization as “A place where people continually expand their capacity to create results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is setfree and where people are continually learning how to learn”.
One of the essential goals of a learning organization is to create a learning culture where everyone teaches, everyone learns, and everyone enhances their exceptional abilities.
A learning culture is an organization’s commitment where the individuals and teams consciously invest in growing and developing themselves. Also, it is the team’s acceptance of a set of values, attitudes and practices that supports the continuous learning process.
Following are the benefits of encouraging a learning culture within an organization:
1. Increases Employee Retention: Learning culture increases employee morale and motivation, which leads to employee satisfaction and high employee productivity.
2. Helps in Gaining Sustainable Competitive Advantage: Learning culture enables organizations to update individuals and teams with knowledge about local and global markets, which is a good way of gaining a competitive advantage.
3. Deals with Change: Learning culture empowers people to adopt and anticipate with change through which they can get dramatically improved results.
Results in Increased Performance: Developing an effective learning culture in organizations helps in acquiring new skills, which will lead to the increase in performance of individuals and teams.
Yields Customer Satisfaction: Implementing a learning culture will result in getting better quality of products and services, which leads to better customer satisfaction.
According to Liker, the author of Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker (2004), many organizations have tried to become learning organizations, but no one has succeeded like Toyota. In the same book he identifies 14 management principles that make Toyota the world’s greatest manufacturer. One of these 14 principles is “Become a Learning Organization”.
ELearning is one of the dedicated key elements in business strategy of an organization to achieve a true learning culture.
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