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Development and the Learning Organisation

By Laura Roper,Jethro Pettit,Deborah Eade
ISBN: 9780855984700
This book presents contributions from development scholars and practitioners from a range of institutional backgrounds around the world, some introducing new approaches and models, others offering critical case studies of individual and group learning practice across cultures, and organizational efforts to put theory into practice
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  • Synopsis
    As development NGOs and official aid agencies embrace the idea of "becoming a learning organisation", they are increasingly concerned with some form of knowledge generation and organizational learning. To date, the literature on these issues tended to come out of the private sector and reflect a Western worldview. This book presents contributions from development scholars and practitioners from a range of institutional backgrounds around the world, some introducing new approaches and models, others offering critical case studies of individual and group learning practice across cultures, and organizational efforts to put theory into practice. Among the lessons to emerge from this work are that learning is hard to do, that we often learn the wrong things and that huge gaps often remain between our learning and our behaviour or practice. There are clearly no simple recipes for success, but when learning breakthroughs do occur, the organizational whole can truly become more than the sum of its parts.
  • Table of Contents
    Contributors
    Preface
    Development and the Learning Organisation: an introduction 1
    Operationalising bottom-up learning in international NGOs: barriers and alternatives 22
    Should development agencies have Official Views? 40
    Engendering organisational practice in NGOs: the case of Utthan 58
    Organisational learning: a borrowed toolbox? 76
    Making the organisation learn: demystification and management action 89
    Achieving successful academic-practitioner research collaborations 110
    Knowledge to action: evaluation for learning in a multi-organisational global partnership 121
    Guest learning and adaptation in the field: a Navajo case study 132
    Can bilateral programmes become learning organisations? Experiences from institutionalising participation in Keiyo Marakwet in Kenya 152
    A chocolate-coated case for alternative international business models 169
    Learning leaders: the key to learning organisations 190
    Leading learning and change from the middle: reconceptualising strategy's purpose, content, and measures 205
    The struggle for organisational change - how the Action Aid Accountability, Learning and Planning System emerged 225
    Heifer International: growing a learning organisation 242
    'New learning in old organisations': children's participation in a school-based nutrition project in western Kenya 261
    Organisational learning in NGOs: an example of an intervention based on the work of Chris Argyris 277
    Mainstreaming disaster mitigation: challenges to organisational learning in NGOs 294
    The learning process of the Local Capacities for Peace Project 303
    Humanitarian principles and organisational culture: everyday practice in Medecins Sans Frontieres-Holland 316
    Perceptions and practices of monitoring and evaluation: international NGO experiences in Ethiopia 332
    Learning from complexity: the International Development Research Centre's experience with Outcome Mapping 356
    Modelling learning programmes 366
    Learning for change: the art of assessing the impact of advocacy work 373
    Resources 388
    Index 412
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Laura Roper,Jethro Pettit,Deborah Eade
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 452
    Format Paperback / softback