The foundation for the Fifth Discipline Resources series is the groundbreaking book The Fifth Discipline, originally published by Peter Senge in 1990, and revised and updated in 2006. More than two million copies of this book have been sold worldwide. It was recognized by the Harvard Business Review in 1997 as “one of the seminal management books of the past 75 years,” and by the Financial Times as one of five “most important” management books. The book describes the five disciplines that are essential to creating learning organizations: Personal Mastery, Shared Vision, Mental Models, Team Learning, and Systems Thinking . When people work together to master these disciplines, it is possible for learning organizations to emerge …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.
To help people learn and navigate from the vision of learning organizations into successful practice, Peter and a cadre of experienced colleagues and practitioners have written three Fieldbooks, that together with the Fifth Discipline form The Fifth Discipline Resources series: The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (Doubleday – 1994); The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (Doubleday – 1999), and Schools that Learn – A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education (Doubleday – 2000, 2012)