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date: 17 May 2021

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The essence of a learning organization involves not only the development of new capacities, but also fundamental shifts of mind. This chapter presents seven individual developmental Modes of Being and Learning, which are associated with four organizational Stances—ways of standing in the world. Stance 1, Doing Things Well, calls for Modes 1, 2, and 3, Adhering, Adapting, Accepting. Stance 2, Doing Things Better, requires Modes 4 and 5, Experiencing and Experimenting. Stance 3, Doing Better Things—Together, also involves Mode 6, Connecting; Mode 7, Dedicating, is further needed to move into Stance 4, Doing Things that Matter to the World. The Stances are Weberian “ideal types”, described by referring to a number of characteristics typically experienced in each Stance, but which may not actually be found in every case. A learning organization is in a process of transformation from one Stance to another; a temporary state.

Keywords: developmental stages and stances, organizational purpose, transformation in business, economic and political thinking, social and natural ecology, positive social impact

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