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date: 22 January 2020

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This chapter uses a critical feminist lens to explore Senge’s model of the learning organization as an example of Weber’s ideal-type theoretical framework, focusing on the five disciplines outlined by Senge (personal mastery, team learning, shared vision, mental models, and systems thinking). It explores the concept of learning organizations in a variety of gendered workplace contexts, including universities, fire services, and militaries to consider how Senge’s model could be used to illuminate the multiple barriers that women face in these contexts. Drawing upon critical feminist scholarship, the authors note that a patriarchal conception of rationality, which is often the bedrock of many organizational structures, needs to be challenged in order for gender equity to be realized. They conclude by using the example of a not-for-profit organization that supports women mystery writers, Sisters-in-Crime, to explore how an emphasis on addressing equity for women may create gender inclusive learning organizations.

Keywords: critical feminist theory, equity, gender, learning organizations, Senge

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