The Role of Active Information Systems in Creating and Sustaining a Learning Organisation

  • A. J. Walkden
  • J. R. G. Wood


Increasingly, organisations are seeing the ability to learn as an important factor in maintaining competitive advantage. a paradigm for building a learning organisation has been put forward by Peter Senge, Director of the Systems Thinking and Organisational Learning Program at MIT. in this paper we argue that current information systems are inadequate for developing learning organisations, and that a new type of information system — called an active information system is required. a basis for designing such systems is discussed, together with the need for systems thinking both generally and in the design process itself. Finally, the paper discusses future actions for developing systems thinking as well as active information systems.


Mental Model Learning Organisation System Thinking Situational Knowledge Loop Learning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Walkden
    • 1
  • J. R. G. Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK

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