Refining and Reshaping an Essential Strategy
It is now sixteen
years since Peter Senge published his much needed and very popular book
"The Fifth Discipline". The
Learning Organisation concept is still very much alive in many organisations,
and the thinking of Peter Senge, and
those inspired by his ideas, continues to influence the thinking and acting of many managers.
However, the world has moved on and
the Learning Organisation concept has
evolved to meet the challenges of the Knowledge Economy.
E.C.L.O. has been to the fore in stimulating
debate and disseminating new ideas over this period, however, the time is now
right to pose new questions as to how far the LO-concept should be recast, revitalized, or reinvented to
fit the conditions of modern
organisations and add value to their coping with new challenges.
We hope and expect
that our 2007 conference will prove to
be a landmark event in this respect and would welcome your proposed
contribution to what is always a stimulating forum for the dissemination of
original and challenging ideas.
E.C.L.O. is pleased
to announce the Call for Contributions for its 13th international conference entitled: Learning
Organisations in the 21st Century Reflecting, Refining and Reshaping an
The conference will
be held in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University Business School from Wednesday 30th May to Friday
1st June 2007 and provides a
great opportunity for you to exchange ideas, reflect upon current practice and
be part of an established Community of Practice (CoP) committed to individual
and organisational learning.
As an organisation, E.C.L.O. recognises the
value of experience and learning, and seeks to develop theory into practice and
practice into theory and as such, contributions can be made in either of the
practice papers (only a short summary is needed)
refereed and academic papers (abstracts only in first instance)
An E.C.L.O. conference has a unique "feel"
with open dialogue, friendly critique and reflective space, and in it΄s desire
to avoid death by PowerPoint, is an exciting departure from most conferences
and will meet the needs of both practitioners and academics alike. We are planning to run parallel sessions that
presentation of papers, for knowledge immersion;
for open dialogue;
and some loosely
structured sessions with Open Space, Social Network Stimulation and
World/Knowledge Cafι, for knowledge sharing and exploration.
In addition to this
we will also be presenting the E.C.L.O. Innovation Awards 2007, for the
E.C.L.O. Academic Award - for
the most ground breaking doctoral / academic contribution
E.C.L.O. Practitioner Award - for the most
E.C.L.O. Impact Award - for the presentation
having the greatest personal impact
Not only will the
three winners get the Award but they will also be invited to be included in
E.C.L.O.΄s post conference edition of their "Learner" journal, (ISSN -
In keeping with the dynamics and diversity of
the Learning Organisation in the 21st century, we seek contributions which will
foster discussion and debate along the following interrelated strands Strategy
and Critical Thinking in the Learning Organisation (L.O.)
How the principles of the L.O. assist in the
acceptance of Knowledge Management initiatives
Organisational Culture and Leadership in the L.O.
Improving Performance in a L.O., through
Integration of Learning and Work
The role of the L.O. in Leading Change in a
Complex Interdependent World
Tools and Techniques to Develop Creativity,
Innovation and Learning in an L.O.
E.C.L.O. warmly welcomes submissions from
corporate practitioners, consultants, academics and researchers in the hope
that together we can improve our understanding of the current challenges facing
organisations, and consequently inform and influence future directions and
We are seeking a variety of practical
demonstrations from organisations on implementations of L.O. tools and
concepts; the lessons they have learnt; and any unresolved issues that they may
wish to explore with other delegates. Presentations which pay particular
attention to defining the special qualities of learning leadership, and how
this influences the outcomes of the learning challenges, will be particularly
welcome. In keeping with one of it΄s principles of being a Learning Laboratory,
E.C.L.O. is interested in providing a forum for organisations and individuals
who are experimenting with new ideas or piloting new tools and techniques and
wish to gain constructive feedback.
Each session will last for a maximum of 45
minutes (including discussion time) and as part of the programme, we will
set aside additional time for networking and knowledge exploration.
For this initial call, we are seeking no
more than 200 words indicating your interests, the format or methodology you
propose, as well as your contact details. The deadline for this initial
expression of interest is Friday
22nd December 2006.
Thereafter all submissions will be assessed by
an international committee consisting of representatives from the corporate,
academic and consultancy fields. The conference programme will be structured
and produced and feedback provided to all those who submitted proposals.
Please mark your submission clearly, and
provide the additional information (shown below) to help us ensure your input
gets the best exposure and attendance.
Which of the following most closely
represents your planned input?
An academic paper detailing theoretical or conceptual study
A practitioner based case study to be shared
A problem to be further explored with the conference delegates
How do you plan to
deliver your session?
Workshop (state room layout preferred, though not guaranteed)
Discussion forum (state room layout preferred, though not guaranteed)
part interactive discussion
format do you intend to use?
No presentation material required, just voice (state if microphone)
and wipe board
Other e.g. Internet connection
* Please note that
whereas direct marketing of products is not permissible in the main conference
programme, there are a range of sponsorship opportunities and interested
parties should direct their enquiries to Jim.Jack@eclo.org
As in previous
years, in recognition of E.C.L.O.΄s not-for-profit status and the mutual
learning opportunities we provide, we do ask presenters to contribute to the
overall costs of staging this major event. However in recognition of their
special contribution speakers will be offered a preferential rate which
includes one years membership of E.C.L.O. The E.C.L.O. social programme is as
successful as our conference programme and this coming conference is no
different, further information will feature on our website www.eclo.org
Don΄t miss out on
experiencing the warmth of Scottish hospitality and the learning opportunity of
an E.C.L.O. event, by ensuring your initial expression of interest reaches us
by Friday 22nd December 2006.