Knowledge Management and Leadership in Learning Organizations: an Integrated Perspective.

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Knowledge management and leadership in learning organizations: an integrated perspective.

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." Alvin Toffler

To establish the importance of intimate relationship between leadership practices and knowledge management in the learning organisation, a learning organisation concept should be first identified and discussed, with the emphases on the specific features of contemporary organisation and the essential role of leaders when developing their organisations.

Furthermore, the processes of organisational learning and new knowledge creation should be described, elaborating further on the kinds of processes
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(Dimitriades, 2005) As a result, modern organisations shift their focus to intangible assets, such as consumer trust, talent of people and leadership skill, as well as accumulated learning and experience. (Pemberton & Stonehouse, 2000)

Such organisations are capable of generating sustainable competitive advantage and superior performance on the basis of its knowledge assets. (Pemberton & Stonehouse, 2000) While these knowledge-based assets exist in many forms, organizational learning is an integral feature of any learning organization that effectively utilizes its knowledge resources to generate superior performance. (Dimitriades, 2005)

According to Senge (1990), learning organizations are organizations 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 to see the whole together. (Smith, 2001)

Learning organization represents a shift to organizational development, collective learning and growth (Garavan, 1997) and is an advanced state of organizational development. (Johnson, 2002) This concept embraces many of the vital qualities for today 's organisations, i.e. teamwork, empowerment, participation, flexibility
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