International Journal of Educational Research and Reviews

International Journal of Education Research and Reviews ISSN 2329-9843 Vol. 8 (5), pp. 001-005, May, 2020. © International Scholars Journals


Universities as learning organizations: Implications and challenges

Ngesu Lewis1*, Wambua Kyalo Benjamin2, Ndiku Juda3 and Mwaka Marcella2

1University of Nairobi P. O. Box 30197 Nairobi, Kenya.

2Moi University P. O. Box 3900 Eldoret.

3Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology P.O Box 196 Kakamega.

Accepted 22 March, 2020


The learning organization is a concept that is becoming an increasingly widespread philosophy in modern organizations, from largest multinationals to the smallest ventures. As initially conceived by Senge (1990), the learning organization has a strongly humanist orientation, being a place 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. In order to implement learning organization techniques, public universities should tackle the five disciplines essential to a learning organization – team learning, shared vision, mental models, personal mastery and systems thinking. This paper poses the following questions: how are public universities committed to the following: creating continuous learning opportunities; promoting inquiry and dialogue; encouraging collaboration and team learning; est0ablishing systems to capture and share learning; empowering people towards a collective vision, and connecting the organization to its environment? The paper proposes the need for radical re-thinking and re-engineering of the core functions of public universities in developing countries.

Key words: Learning Institutions, Learning organizations, Leadership.