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Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on a Learning Organization

Special issue call for papers from The Learning Organization

Special Issue:  Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on a Learning Organization

Please note: Submissions won't be open until September 1, 2019

SI Editors: Peter A.C. Smith & Dr. Tom Cockburn

The learning organization as an organizational concept has had mixed reviews (Smith, 1999, 2008; Garvin et al., 2008) since Peter Senge first proposed it in 1990 (Senge, 1990) and further updated it in 1995 (Kofman and Senge 1995). Smith and Cockburn (2014) and Smith and Pourdehnad (2018) have detailed and explained the breadth and critical organizational performance impact of the impending Fourth Industrial Revolution with its emphasis on AI (Artificial Intelligence) and machine learning. The special issue (SI) guest editors seek to explore its current or potential impact on learning organizations and their foundational concept.
SI Submissions Requested: This special issue is devoted to papers submitted for publication in a special issue devoted to assessing the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the learning organization concept and its applications.

The focus of submitted papers should include but not be limited to any of the following topics:
•    Learning organization theory/practice and alternative models
•    The Fourth Industrial Revolution
•    Leadership
•    Stakeholders
•    Crowdsourcing
•    Cloud computing and predictive analytics
•    Internet of Things
•    Supercomputers
•    Artificial Intelligence (AI)
•    Governance and ethics
•    Workforce concerns

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are open from September 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Please use the ScholarOne manuscript submission portal and select the special issue from the drop down. Prior to this, please review the TLO author guidelines here



Garvin, A.G., Edmonson, A.C. and Gino, F. (2008), “Is yours a learning organization?”, Harvard Business Review, Vol. 86 No. 3, pp. 1-11.
Kofman, F. and Senge, P. (1995), “Communities of commitment: The heart of learning organizations”, in Chawla, S. and Renesch, J. (Eds), Learning Organizations: Developing Cultures for Tomorrow’s Workplace, Productivity Press, New York, NY, pp. 15-43.
Senge, P.M. (1990), The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, Doubleday Currency, New York, NY.
Smith, P.A.C. (1999), “The learning organization ten years on: A case study”, The Learning Organization, Vol. 6 No. 5, pp. 217-223.
Smith, P.A.C. (2008), “The Learning Organization turns 15: A retrospective”, The Learning Organization, Vol. 15 No. 6, pp. 441-448.
Smith, P.A.C. and Cockburn, T. (2014), Impact of Emerging Digital Technologies on Leadership in Global Business, IGI Global, Hershey, PA.
Smith, P.A.C. and Pourdehnad, J. (2018), Organizational Leadership for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, IGI Global, Hershey, PA.