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date: 22 January 2020

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This chapter is a personal reflection on the development of the author’s thinking over a period of forty years on the issues of learning in organizations. Starting with “live project” education in the Architectural Association School, London he traces the start-up of the London and Manchester Business Schools and the role of learning in both. From there his work with Ulster College, Belfast and the General Electric Company’s “Developing Senior Management” programs led to the publication of The Learning Organization, thought to be the first book in this area of study. This led to his growing interest in the lack of learning and development of boards of directors and to the publication of his Learning Board model in The Fish Rots from the Head. His work has been influential in developing business and organizational learning in China, South Africa, South East Asia, Australia and the Caribbean, as well as Europe.

Keywords: learning organization, Bob Garratt, learning board, double loop learning, organizational amnesia, organizational capability assessment

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