Peter Senge, founder of the Center for Organizational
Learning at MIT's Sloan School of Management, experienced an epiphany while
meditating one morning back in the fall of 1987. That was the day he first
saw the possibilities of a "learning organization" that used "systems
thinking" as the primary tenet of a revolutionary management philosophy. He
advanced the concept into this primer, originally released in 1990, written
for those interested in integrating his philosophy into their corporate
The Fifth Discipline has turned many readers into true believers;
it remains the ideal introduction to Senge's carefully integrated corporate
framework, which is structured around "personal mastery," "mental models,"
"shared vision," and "team learning." Using ideas that originate in fields
from science to spirituality, Senge explains why the learning organization
matters, provides an unvarnished summary of his management principals,
offers some basic tools for practicing it, and shows what it's like to
operate under this system. The book's concepts remain stimulating and
relevant as ever. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to
Textbook Binding edition.
Senge's pathbreaking book draws on science, spiritual
wisdom, psychology, and the cutting edge of management thought to show how
businesses can overcome their "learning disabilites" and beat the odds of
failure. The book provides a searching personal experience and a dramatic
professional shift of mind.
Draws on science, spiritual wisdom, psychology, the
cutting edge of management thought, and on Senge's work with top
corporations that employ fifth discipline methods. DLC: Organizational
From the Publisher
An MIT Professor's pathbreaking book on building
"learning organizations" -- corporations that overcome inherent obstacles to
learning and develop dynamic ways to pinpoint the threats that face them and
to recognize new opportunities. Not only is the learning organization a new
source of competitive advantage, it also offers a marvelously empowering
approach to work, one which promises that, as Archimedes put it, "with a
lever long enough... single-handed I can move the world."
"Forget your old, tired ideas about leadership. The most successful
corporation of the 1990s will be something called a learning organization."
-- Fortune Magazine.
From the Back Cover
"Forget your old, tired ideas about leadership. The most
successful corporation of the 1990s will be something called a learning
organization." -- Fortune Magazine.