Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 151

Full Length Research Paper

The concept of the university as learning organization: Its functions, techniques and possible ways of making it effective

E. D. Nakpodia
Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, Delta State University Abraka, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 27 August 2009
  •  Published: 30 September 2009



Learning organization is a concept that is becoming an increasingly widespread philosophy in our contemporary society. It has a strong humanistic orientation, being a place where people continually expand their capacity to produce results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured and where people are continually learning how to learn together. In order to implement learning organization techniques, universities tackle some disciplines which are essential to a learning organization. Such techniques are team learning, shared vision and systematic thinking. As a result, the paper is confined to how universities are committed to creating continuous learning opportunities, encouraging collaboration and team learning, establishing systems to capture and share learning, and connecting the university organization to its environment. It also proposed the need for a radical rethinking of the core functions of the university. 


Key words: Learning organizations, university, aims, techniques.