Organizational Learning versus Free Will of Individuals
Question: Some people say that the expectation of conformity implied in organizational learning is a threat to the free will of individuals. Do you agree? Should managers favor organizational learning or individual learning for their employees?
No. I do not agree with the allegation of some people who claim that expectation of conformity implied in organizational learning is a threat to the free will of individuals. Each and every organization has its own culture. Organizational learning is geared, in some way, to enforcement of the culture. Additionally, an organization is a mono culture entity with multiple individual cultures from different backgrounds.
Digital revolution has totally changed the face of business and everyone must cope with it (Jason Silberman, 2013). Therefore, organizational learning has its own cardinal importance some of which is mentioned hereunder;
a) Adapt the organization to the volatile environment.
I want to reiterate that due to ever changing business environment, organizations are on their toes to ensure adaptability and flexibility to the environment. Normally, it is the stakeholders/employees who are to conform to the requirements of an organization an drop their selfish interests. The vision and mission statement dictate the way forward for the organization and considering individual interests, this might not materialize.
b) Easy to implement and wide in scope.
Organizational learning is not complicated and its benefits are not far-fetched. The process results in knowledge management and it seeks to ensuring that a level of parallelism across the tiers of an organization is reached, right from individuals to the teams in the organization and up across the wider scope of an organization. Therefore, organizational learning is wide in scope and covers the vital stakeholder areas.
c) Enhances teams and enforces group’s operational statements
Organizational learning always allows for teams to learn and get exactly what is relevant to delivering their specific tasks...