Summary of The Learning Layer

Building the Next Level of Intellect in Your Organization

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The Learning Layer book summary
Information technology systems can now provide a layer of learning that adapts to users’ needs and questions.


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Adaptive systems innovator Steven D. Flinn focuses on the way “system thinking applications” can improve organizational learning and knowledge management. He explains how companies can create a “learning layer” within their information technology systems to educate employees and boost productivity and performance. getAbstract recommends Flinn’s book – despite its occasional opacity and some heavy-going circumlocutions – to business leaders who want to make the most forward-looking use of adaptable corporate learning. He offers a solid take on the learning layer as a way to foster organizational education, manage knowledge and make the most of information technology. The book also will intrigue futurists who focus on technology and business. Flinn makes it clear that the learning layer’s infinite capacity exactly fits Sir Arthur Clark’s contention, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the “learning layer” is,
  • How it works and
  • What benefits it provides learning enterprises.


The “Learning Network”
A major business and information technology (IT) consultancy bid on a $200-million-a-year contract from a Fortune top-20 company. The consultancy had virtually no existing relationship with the client, though two of the other bidders did. Winning the bid...
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About the Author

Steven D. Flinn, former CIO of Royal Dutch Shell, is CEO and founder of ManyWorlds, Inc., an R&D firm. He also writes on music and on the ties between evolution and information theory.

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