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date: 22 January 2020

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This chapter reviews the author’s ideas from her earlier 2000 paper on the learning organization, and examines what it might mean to adopt guiding policies and practices of becoming human within a learning organization. In particular, the author revisits Mary Parker Follett’s (1868–1933) guiding principles. Thus, while the author continues a critique of the evolution, aberrations, and abominations of the learning organization, she also suggests how we might work toward a more validating approach and thus redefine the learning organization as a practice of becoming human. Work toward that approach is worthwhile even while we may still always fall short.

Keywords: learning organization, organizational theory, power and control, organizational culture, identity and meaning, Mary Parker Follett

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