Peter Senge is a Senior Lecturer at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Founding Chair
of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global
community of corporations, researchers, and consultants
committed “to increase our capacity to collectively
realize our highest aspirations and productively resolve our
differences” through the mutual development of people and
institutions. The Journal of Business Strategy named
him a “Strategist of the Century,” one of
twenty-four men and women who have “had the greatest
impact on the way we conduct business today”
(September/October 1999). His special interest is on
decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations so as to
enhance the capacity of all people to work productively toward
common goals. Senge's work places human values at the
cornerstone of the workplace, proposing that vision, purpose,
reflectiveness, and systems thinking are essential for
organizations to realize their potentials.
Senge is the author of several books, including the widely
acclaimed, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the
Learning Organization (1990). This book, which provides the
knowledge for organizations to transform rigid hierarchies into
more fluid and responsive systems, is widely credited with
creating a revolution in the business world. Since its
publication, more than a million copies have been sold, and in
1997, Harvard Business Review identified it as one of
the seminal management books of the past 75 years. His most
recent book, Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the
Future (SoL 2004), co-authored with C. Otto Scharmer,
Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, documents the authors'
development of a new theory about change and learning. Their
journey of discovery articulates a new way of seeing the world
and of understanding our part in creating it—as it is and
as it might be.
Senge has lectured extensively throughout the world,
translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools to
create economic and organizational change. He has worked with leaders in business, education, health care and government. He lives with his wife and children in eastern Massachusetts.
Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the FutureThe Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations
with P. Senge, J. Jaworski and B. S. Flowers (The Society for Organizational Learning, 2004)
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with Art Kleiner (Editor), Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, George Roth, and Bryan Smith (Doubleday, March 1999)
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"Creating Desired Futures in a Global Economy""Strategies for Change Leaders; Lessons for Change Leaders"Leader to Leader
Reflections: The Society for Organizational Learning Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1, Fall 2004
, Drucker Foundation, Jossey-Bass 2000"Communities of Leaders and Learners"Harvard Business Review
, September/October 1997, pp. 30-32.
The Society for Organizational Learning (SoL)Global Leadership Initiative
SoL, founded by Peter Senge, fosters collaboration among corporations that are committed to fundamental organizational change and to building learning organizations.
This institute is dedicated to building leadership capacity, tackling critical social issues, and producing concrete results.