• The Fifth Discipline

  • The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
  • By: Peter M. Senge
  • Narrated by: Peter M. Senge
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-08-02
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (924 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work. Mastery of Senge's five disciplines enables managers to overcome their obstacles to growth and creates brave new futures for them and their companies. The five disciplines are drawn from science, spiritual wisdom, psychology, the cutting edge of management thought, and Senge's own work with top corporations that employ his methods. Listening to The Fifth Discipline provides a searching personal experience and a dramatic professional shift of mind.
©1994 Peter M. Senge (P)1994 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Random House Inc., All Rights Reserved
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2 out of 5 stars
By Greg on 02-26-08

Abridged books are inadequate

I know better than to buy an abridged book but yet I did it again. You are not going to get the details you need to understand Learing Organizations. If you purchase this you will find your self on-line trying to find the details needed to make this learning complete.

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1 out of 5 stars
By J. Cullinan on 11-06-12


Shame on me for not realizing this was an abridged version, and the older version of the book no less! So much for trying to follow along with the printed copy. Taught me to read the details closely before buying next time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By B on 05-06-09

Great but you need the book as well

This is great to listen to, although he doesn't narrate the whole thing - hearing Peter Senge's enthusiasm is fantastic. A word of warning though, because systems thinking is a visual thing you should treat this as a companion to the book rather than a replacement. You won't get the idea of systems diagrams from just listening.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 01-25-14

Immensely useful and intelligently abridged

Senge's business best seller offers an accessible and very practical guide to improving organisational performance through a focus on conversational technique, an appreciation of various types of feedback loop and the ability to recognise our mental models and test if they're true or useful. I was a little concerned that this had been abridged but it loses nothing in coherence or useful detail and I've been able to put a number of fifth discipline techniques to work with good results since making this purchase. Anyone with an interest in organisational development, project management, team leadership or management development would benefit from listening to this book

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3 out of 5 stars
By Filippa on 12-01-16

Some real gems but overall disappointing

There were some real gems in this book but I found it hard to stay interested. The beer game was long and drawn out and seemed over the top. Some example like the water faucet were over-explained for me and other really important key concepts like the five disciplines were skated over and I wanted to know more. Perhaps this book assumes the reader is already familiar with Senge's work. Most disappointing and puzzling for me was that Senge doesn't give credit to Robert Fritz when he talked about creative tension and structural dynamics - he even used Fritz's explanation of the rubber band. He gave credit to other people throughout the book so why not Fritz. Was excited about this book and there are some gems and I will read more of Senge's work to learn what I want to know more about but this book did not meet my expectations.

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