Building Learning Organizations

Prepare and submit through Turnitin, an 8 – 10 page paper that discusses strategies to build a learning organization in a specific team or department. The paper consists of two parts 1. As a case analysis, identify a challenge a specific organization that is not a learning organization faces; diagnose the issue by describing the impact of one or more system archetypes, and one or more learning disabilities 2. Recommend a plan to build a learning organization in the specific organization described in the case analysis by applying each of Senge’s five disciplines The final paper must adhere to APA standards and cite five or more scholarly sources including three peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition to the journal articles, you may use your course textbooks and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Part I: Case Analysis Select an organization that is currently not a learning organization in which one or more system archetypes and learning disabilities are evident; the case analysis works best when you select a team or department with which you are familiar. For example, rather than selecting the entire military, focus on the specific unit where you are (or were) assigned. Briefly describe the organization, identifying a specific problem or challenge that exists. Diagnose the problem by describing one or more system archetypes, and one or more learning disabilities that impact it. Your analysis must include theoretical definitions of the selected system archetype and learning disability as well as a description of how each affects the problem or challenge in this organization (3 – 4 pages). Part II: Recommendations and Action Plan For the organization discussed in the Case Analysis, recommend an action plan to transform it into a learning organization. The action plan must include one or more specific activities for each of the five disciplines that could be utilized over time to create positive change with the organization; these activities may come from The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook or other academic sources. For example, in preparing a recommendation for systems thinking, begin by identifying leverage point(s) for change for the system archetype(s) discussed in the case analysis, and then discuss strategies to address it (4 – 6 pages).
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OLCU 602 Self, Systems and Leadership
Assignment Title:Building Learning Organizations
Total Points for Assignment: 350
Building Learning Organizations

Due:Signature Assignment due Sunday midnight Week 7
Length: 8 – 10 double-spaced pages (excluding title and reference pages)
Points:350 for 35% of the final grade

Building Learning Organizations Paper Guidelines
Prepare and submit through Turnitin, an 8 – 10 page paper that discusses strategies to build a learning
organization in a specific team or department.The paper consists of two parts
1. As a case analysis, identify a challenge a specific organization that is not a learning organization
faces; diagnose the issue by describing the impact of one or more system archetypes, and one or
more learning disabilities
2. Recommend a plan to build a learning organization in the specific organization described in the
case analysis by applying each of Senge’s five disciplines

The final paper must adhere to APA standards and cite five or more scholarly sources including three
peer-reviewed journal articles.In addition to the journal articles, you may use your course textbooks and
additional scholarly sources as appropriate.

Part I:Case Analysis
Select an organization that is currently not a learning organization in which one or more system
archetypes and learning disabilities are evident; the case analysis works best when you select a team or
department with which you are familiar.For example, rather than selecting the entire military, focus on
the specific unit where you are (or were) assigned.

Briefly describe the organization, identifying a specific problem or challenge that exists.Diagnose the
problem by describing one or more system archetypes, and one or more learning disabilities that impact
it.Your analysis must include theoretical definitions of the selected system archetype and learning
disability as well as a description of how each affects the problem or challenge in this organization (3 – 4
pages).

Part II:Recommendations and Action Plan
For the organization discussed in the Case Analysis, recommend an action plan to transform it into a
learning organization.The action plan must include one or more specific activities for each of the five
disciplines that could be utilized over time to create positive change with the organization; these activities
may come from The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook or other academic sources.For example, in preparing a
recommendation for systems thinking, begin by identifying leverage point(s) for change for the system
archetype(s) discussed in the case analysis, and then discuss strategies to address it (4 – 6 pages).

Criteria Exemplary

Proficient

Developing

Emerging

Content Accuracy re:
System
Theory/Concepts/Models

90
All content
throughout the
paper is accurate.
Clearly uses
terminology
associated with
systems principles
and archetypes.
Contains all of the
elements listed in
the course
syllabus.
77
Most of the
content is
accurate. Uses
terminology
associated with
system principles
and archetypes.
Contains most of
the elements listed
in the course
syllabus.
65
The content is
generally
accurate.
Uses some
terminology
associated with
system principles
and archetypes.
Two or three
elements of
course syllabus
are missing
54
The content is
confusing or
contains more
than two factual
errors.Uses little
terminology
associated with
system principles.
Major elements
from course
syllabus are
missing.
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OLCU 602 Self, Systems and Leadership
Assignment Title:Building Learning Organizations
Total Points for Assignment: 350
Application of Systems
Theory/Concepts/Models

90

Consistently
applies and
integrates all five
of Senge’s
disciplines and
learning
disabilities to
diagnose an
organizational
challenge.
Identifies specific
activities to build a
learning
organization.
Identifies the
systemic nature of
an organizational
challenge. Clearly
identifies leverage
point associated
with system
archetype.
77

Somewhat
demonstrates
appropriate
identification and
application of
Senge’s learning
disabilities and
five disciplines to
diagnosis of an
organizational
challenge.
Identifies 2 – 3
activities for
building a learning
organization.
Limited, if any,
discussion of the
systemic nature of
an organizational
problem. System
archetype or
leverage point is
not clear.
.
65

Demonstrates a
narrow
understanding and
application of
Senge’s learning
disabilities and
five disciplines.
Only one activity is
identified to build a
learning
organization. Fails
to identify
systemic nature of
organizational
challenge.
Missing clear
identification of a
system archetype.
54

Significant errors
in the
identification and
application of
Senge five
disciplines or
learning
disabilities.No
activities are
identified for
building a
learning
organization.
Does not address
the systemic
nature of the
organizational
challenge. No
system archetype
identified.
Critical Analysis

90
Clearly identifies
specific actions to
apply the Senge
material to their
personal
leadership
development.
Critically analyzes
several specific
methods for
improving
organizations
using material
from course.
77
Somewhat
identifies
application of
Senge material to
their personal
leadership
development.
Vague analysis of
methods for
building learning
organizations
using materials
from the course.
65
Limited, if any,
application of
Senge materials to
their personal
leadership
development.
Little analysis of
materials from
course.
54
Missing
application of
materials to
personal
leadership
development.
No critical
analysis of
course material.
Use of Sources

30
Uses 5 or more
scholarly sources to
support conclusions
and
recommendations.
Consistently uses
sources to connect
theory to application.
The work of others
is correctly cited.
26
Use 4 scholarly
sources to support
conclusions and
recommendations.
Often uses sources
to connect theory to
application. The
work of others is
correctly cited with
minor errors.
22
Use 3 scholarly
sources to support
conclusions and
recommendations.
Somewhat uses
sources to connect
theory to application.
The work of others
is cited but with
numerous errors.
18
Use 2 or less
sources to support
conclusions and
recommendations.
Limited if any use
of sources to
connect theory to
application. The
work of others may
not be cited and/or
with multiple errors.

Writing Mechanics and
APA

50
The paper is logical,
well-written, and the
required length.
43
The paper is logical,
well-written, and is
the required length.
38
The paper is
somewhat logical
and well-written;
30
The paper lacks
clarity and may be
confusing; may be
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OLCU 602 Self, Systems and Leadership
Assignment Title:Building Learning Organizations
Total Points for Assignment: 350
Uses style, form and
language
appropriate for
graduate level
academic work. APA
formatting standards
are followed;
citations and
reference page is
correct.
Uses style, form and
language
appropriate for
graduate level work.
Minor errors in
spelling, grammar
and/or punctuation.
APA standards are
followed with a few
minor errors.
may be 10% too
long or short.Style,
form and language
are appropriate for
general wring.
Some errors in
spelling, grammar
and/or punctuation.
APA standards are
somewhat followed
but with numerous
errors.
15% too long or
short.Numerous
errors in spelling,
grammar and/or
punctuation,
inappropriate style
for graduate level
work. Limited if any
adherence to APA
standards.

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BUILDING LEARNING ORGANIZATIONS 1
BUILDING LEARNING ORGANIZATIONS 2
Building Learning Organizations
Anthony bahlman
06/01/2022
Olcu 602
Introduction
Continuous quality improvement programs are popping up all over the place as companies scramble to stay ahead of the competition in today’s global market. Many of these seminars cover a wide range of topics targeted at increasing the productivity of employees. While many of these programs have failed, there has been little improvement in the overall pace of improvement. Continuous improvement necessitates a commitment to learning, which is something that the majority of corporations have failed to grasp.
The ability to re-engineer processes, introduce new products, and solve problems effectively demands new knowledge and action. Organizations are doomed to mediocrity if they don’t constantly improve their methods.
Case Analysis
There are several examples of system archetypes and learning difficulties at Macy’s Inc. In the US, Macy’s is an omnichannel fashion retailer consisting of their Bluemercury, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s retail brands. New York City is where the company’s headquarters are located. The brand was formed in 1858 and has since developed into a fashion industry powerhouse.
System Archetype: Fixes that Fail
“Fixes that fail” is the principal system archetype for Macy’s. Using this system paradigm, a company can respond quickly to an emerging problem by putting in place a solution (Elia et al,2020). Although the immediate effects of this temporary fix may not be apparent, they add up to a larger problem in the long run (Burns, 2019). When the corporation recognized it would have trouble making ends meet, it rapidly increased the number of physical locations. Some of the company’s players, such as auto services, electronics, and toys, were also given away to smaller players. In spite of the growing competition in the fashion sector, the areas left over were filled with clothing.
Learning Disability: The parable of the Boiled Frog
The boiled frog analogy is a metaphor for Macy’s learning impairment. According to Senge’s fifth discipline, many firms fail to discover seven types of learning difficulties. If Peter is correct, boiling water will cause a frog to rush to escape. As long as it doesn’t get spooked, the same from will stay put in a pot of room temperature water. When placed on top of a heat source and the temperature is steadily increased, the frog will not try to jump out the pot. Nothing happens as the temperature goes from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Recommendations and Action Plan
If Macy’s is to preserve its market position and thrive in the fast-paced garment business, it will require a strategy for financial recovery. In the second quarter of 2019, the stock price of the corporation dropped by 13%. In addition, the corporation stated that it intends to phase out the sale of fur products by the end of 2020. Additionally, in 2020, the corporation announced the closure of its Cincinnati headquarters, a sign of a failing business. When it comes to long-term survival, the corporation needs to turn itself into a learning organization.
Systems Thinking
A collaborative learning environment is essential for a successful learning organization. It’s expected that everyone will contribute to the framework’s overall success, but everyone is appreciated.
Small units, like the parts of a puzzle, make up organizations. Learners in organizations must have a thorough understanding of the entire system and all of its components. In addition, they need to know how these components work together. Managers must put more emphasis on the system’s long-term goals than its short-term problems.
Team Learning
A learning company must have a shared vision, but it is not enough if there is no teamwork.
As a group, individuals must learn and apply what they’ve learned. A dialogue in which participants suspend their own personal assumptions serves as the basis for team learning. In other words, they go into a kind of collective trance. Every member of the team must be aware of the learning goals.
References
Elia, G., Margherita, A., & Secundo, G. (2020). Project management canvas: a systems thinking framework to address project complexity.International Journal of Managing Projects in Business.
Burns, E. A. (2019). Professions Unbound. InTheorising Professions(pp. 293-331). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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