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date: 22 January 2020

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The concept of the learning organization (LO) has been subjected to strong criticisms over the past decade. However, excessive emphasis on the negativities will itself undermine the potential benefits that the LO concept promises to offer. By conducting a systematic review of the extant critiques of LO, this chapter aims to offer some suggestions for moving the idea forward. The authors argue that the community of learning organization scholars can reflect and learn from their past errors, thus returning with a more theoretically robust model in the next millennium. It is suggested to adopt a liminal and multi-stakeholder approach for developing a contextualized model of LO in the future.

Keywords: learning organization, critiques, metaphors, systematic review, context

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