After you view the provocation, please add your comments to the bottom of this post. Michael suggests you reflect on these questions:
- What is your learning ecology like? Any parallels between narco-narc learning ecology and your organization?
- Does your organization face external competitors who seek to learn from you? How do you deal with them?
- Does your organization face internal competitors? Does their competition help or harm your organization?
- How do you create a competitive learning ecology for your organization that maximizes its beneficial learning?
One of the benefits of being part of LILA is that we can learn from different contexts – ones that may appear to be far from the usual routines in our own organizations. Perhaps never has this been more true than with the focus of our current speaker Dr. Michael Kenney, professor at the University of Pittsburgh. His research explores how drug traffickers, terrorists, and government officials gather, analyze, and apply knowledge and experience. His analysis reveals that the resilience they posses stems partly from the ability of illicit enterprises to change their activities in response to practical experience and technical information, store this knowledge in practices and procedures, and select and retain routines that produce satisfactory results.