The “learning organization” has now for around 30 years been one of the most popular management concepts in the world. Peter Senge and his seminal book The Fifth Discipline was among the ones that helped to coin the idea. Some have argued that it is necessary for any organization to become a “learning organization”, while others have considered it as “merely” a fashionable management concept, that slowly is and will continue to be replaced by other concepts, such as “knowledge management”, “innovation”, “agility” etc.
NOTE: Due to the current developments of COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the Learning Organization conference until 17th and 18th of June 2021. Given the current situation with travel bans, closed borders and restricted public life in countries all over the world, we find it unlikely that it will be possible to organize an international conference in June. Please, check the web-page for updates! We will be back with more news. Hope to see you in June 2021!
Keynote presentation by:
Karen E. Watkins, Ph.D.
Professor, Learning, Leadership & Organization Development The University of Georgia
"Scaffolding Learning: Conceptualizing and measuring an organization that learns"
Keynote speaker bio
Dr. Karen E. Watkins is Professor of Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development in the College of Education at The University of Georgia.
She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Karen’s scholarly interests include organizational learning assessment, informal and incidental learning, and. action science.
Watkins & Marsick developed and validated the Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire (1997) used in over 80 published studies. Watkins is the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters, and 9 books. Named Scholar of the Year by the Academy of Human Resource Development; she was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Academy of Human Resource Development Scholar Hall of Fame in 2014.
She consults with many organizations including recent work with OECD on schools as learning organizations and with the World Health Organization. She was one of the founding presidents of the Academy of Human Resource Development and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Geneva Learning Foundation in Switzerland.
To be announced
Emerald Publishing Drink Reception
Emerald Publishing are sponsoring a drink reception at the conference on the 25th of June.
Best papers will be considered for a special issue of The Learning Organization (TLO) (https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/tlo.htm), published by Emerald (please note that this special issue will be realized only if there are an enough number of relevant papers – if not, best papers will be considered for a regular issue of TLO).
The most promising, “new” (less established, less well-known in the area) conference attendant will be rewarded a copy of the book The Oxford Handbook of the Learning Organization (to be published by Oxford University Press during the winter of 2019-20).
Emerald Publishing will be awarding the most promising new comer in Learning Organization a prize bundle of 3 books and 3 issues of The Learning Organization journal.
Location and travelling
Accommodation needs to be arranged by each participant.