IBM: Learning How to Learn

  • 2014

IBM: Learning How to Learn

Author:
Christopher Albrycht
Abstract:

A learning organization is "where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning how to learn together.” Another definition is "the intentional action of an organization to continuously transform itself through both adaptive and innovative learning."

A strategic goal of IBM leaders is to transform the company into a learning organization to enable innovation and remain an industry leader in the information technology market. IBM has a bourgeoning learning culture, which is in alignment with IBM's shared vision and in some areas has improved innovation and collaboration. However, two barriers are impeding the change: bureaucratic structure and a sunk cost bias towards training. IBM leaders can overcome these barriers by remaining aligned to, and acting in accordance with, the shared vision of developing a learning organization.