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How the Discipline of Energetics Fosters Double-Loop Learning: Lessons from Multiple Positivistic Case Studies
Education Doctoral Dissertations in Organization Development
  • Kelly La Venture, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Date of Paper/Work
1-1-2013
Degree Name
Doctor of Education in Organization Development (Ed.D.)
Type of Paper/Work
Dissertation
Advisors
Alla Heorhiadi, John Conbere, Eleni Roulis
Abstract
Creation of learning organizations is a topic of increased interest to Organizational Development practitioners. Previous research has established that creating and sustaining a learning organization may be achieved by fostering a double-loop learning process among its employees. A double-loop learning process, in turn, requires employees to become both self-reflective and capable of critically examining assumptions underlying their behavior. Among other techniques, the discipline of Energetics is understood to help in participants’ double-loop learning. However, this understanding thus far lacks an empirical examination. The present study is conducted to fill this gap. Conducted as a positivistic case study, this study explored the following research question: How application of skills and concepts learned from the discipline of Energetics fosters double-loop learning? Data were collected through interviewing 16 graduates of the Energetics Institute. Data supported the posited theory that Energetics led to double loop learning.
Keywords
  • energetics,
  • double-loop learning,
  • single-loop learning,
  • organizational learning,
  • critical reflection,
  • self-as-instrument
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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Citation Information
Kelly La Venture. "How the Discipline of Energetics Fosters Double-Loop Learning: Lessons from Multiple Positivistic Case Studies" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dr_kelly_laventure/1/