Summary of The Fifth Discipline

The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization

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The Fifth Discipline book summary
In the beginning, there was the Fifth Discipline.


9 Overall

8 Applicability

10 Innovation

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Little can be written that hasn’t already been said about Peter M. Senge’s classic on organizational learning. So let’s keep this review simple: If you haven’t read this book, read it now. When this seminal work appeared in 1990, it was truly ahead of its time in identifying and describing the learning organization. But today, this concept has become a central component of organizational development, and if you somehow missed Senge’s prescient analysis of the evolution of business, work and employment, you’re more than a step behind. Why? Because Senge has the rare ability to break new ground in theory and then apply these abstract advances to concrete practices that businesses can emulate. When getAbstract calls this book a classic, don’t think of unread dusty tomes that merely look impressive on a shelf. This is a book that should be read, and perhaps re-read, by anyone who earns a living in the corporate world.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How learning organizations function;
  • Which five disciplines nurture organizational learning
  • How to think in terms of systems.


The “Learning Organization”
As employees evolve into “knowledge workers” – those who develop and apply knowledge – companies must keep pace by becoming “learning organizations.” In such companies, workers aim to learn and grow collectively, trying out different and broader ways of thinking...
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About the Author

Peter M. Senge is the Director of the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a founding partner of a consultancy in Framingham, Massachusetts, and Toronto, Canada.

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    Dave Bartek 4 years ago
    ..and the companion Fieldbook. Double loop accounting. Has it really been over 20 years??
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    Endam Deniz 4 years ago
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