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Fotolia_8475471_XS-adjAre you (going to be) involved in Organisational Learning and do you want to understand the principles and practice instruments in order to effectually direct and exploit Organisational Learning?

The Organisational Learning Masterclass is a unique course on master level for development of organisational learning professionals like you.

Achievements within reach are:

  • An improved ability to create and direct Organisational Learning.
  • Understanding the Organisational Learning principles.
  • Being familiar with/knowhow to use key instruments to create and direct Organisational Learning.
  • Putting theory in practice.

After successful completion of the Masterclass you will have developed yourself in mastering organisational learning, extended your professional network and shared intensively experiences with peer students. You are prepared for effectual enabling organisational learning.

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Business Situation
In today’s business world Organisational Learning has become the most important factor in economic life. It is imperative that organisations detect, untap, nurture, create, cultivate, protect and cash its most valuable asset “Knowledge” as the result of their organizational learning capabilities. Becoming a learning – knowledge based – organisation, requires an integral management of all organisational learning aspects in order to cash the benefits of Knowledge. Organisations needs capabilities to deal with organisational learning more than ever!

Your situation
You are a managing professional or a professional manager involved (or to be involved) in Organisational Learning.

You are aware that Organisational Learning is a difficult thing. One of the most difficult challenges is to understand the why, what and how of directing Organisational Learning.

whats your planYour need is to understand the principles and practice instruments in order toeffectually enabling Organisational Learning.

So what’s your plan?




For Whom

Intended for

The masterclass is intended for all professionals involved in organisational learning, example given:

  • Project Managers.
  • Programme Managers.
  • Knowledge Managers.
  • Knowledge Officers/engineers
  • Project/Programme Management Officers.
  • Organisational Trainers/Teachers
  • Information Managers.
  • Business Architects.
  • Business Consultants.
  • Business Analysts.
  • Portfolio Managers.
  • Business Controllers.
  • Line Managers.
  • Interim Managers.

Entry Level
We expect that you meet the entry requirements:

  • Higher education (or insight gained by experience).
  • Thinking and working on an academic level.
  • Experience in result driven change (see the beforementioned roles).
  • A work environment in which you can practice what you learn.
  • Strong motivation to learn.
  • Striving for reflective practitioner (reflecting upon thinking and acting).

In doubt? Get in contact.

The masterclass language is English. In case only Dutch are participating, the classroom language will be Dutch; content remains mainly in English. Do leave your preference in the sign up form.



Time to learnAfter the masterclass you developed yourself in mastering Organisational Learning. Achievements within reach are:

  • An improved ability to create and direct Organisational Learning.
  • Understanding the Organisational Learning principles.
  • Being familiar with/knowhow to use key instruments to create and direct Organisational Learning.
  • Putting theory in practice.

All of these achievements are essential in realising the objective of becoming a reflective practitioner: reflecting upon (own) thinking and (own) acting in mastering Organisational Learning in your daily practice: you as the Learning Activist!

You have developed yourself in mastering organisational learning and extended your professional network and shared intensively experiences with peer students. You are as a Learning Activist prepared for effectual organisational learning!

On successful completion you will receive a certificate of Management of Change.

Study Points
You earn with the study load of this Masterclass 5 study points, contributing to a portfolio of masterclasses of Management of Change.



The Masterclass is composed of 10 modules, focusing on Organisational Learning and supported by a comprehensive model: the Learning Lemniscate.

olm content

We start with discovering the Organisational Learning Drivers and continue with the needed underpinning theory in Organisational Learning Theory.

In Organisational Learning Strategy we discover the learning strategy, completed by defining the Learning Processes in Organisational Learning Processes.

In order to make use of the benefits of communities we zoom in  the time to profit with Communities of Practice.

Eight enablers of learning in organisations are subject of Organisational Learning Enablers. Management Aspects and Technical Aspects zoom in on the organisation and supporting systems.

We wrap up with Organisational Learning Maturity and Organisational Learning Performance.

Sessions and durations
The programme consist of 8 lectures, with an overall duration of less than 6 months. Prior to the first lecture there is a Kick Off in which inform you about the ins and outs of the programme as well as starting it with the discovery of the Organisational Learning Drivers.

An overview of the modules per session:


Modules (students can book a lecture for their trend presentation)

Kick Off

  • Organisational Learning Drivers


  • Organisational Learning Theory


  • Organisational Learning Strategy


  • Organisational Learning Processes


  • Communities of Practice


  • Organisational Learning Enablers 1


  • Organisational Learning Enablers 2


  • Management Aspects
  • Technical Aspects


  • Organisational Learning Maturity
  • Organisational Learning Performance

Learning Product
In delivering a successful  Reflection Report you have shown the improved ability to create and direct Organisational Learning. It supports you in future creation Organisational Learning driven business case and its decision making.

Programme Outcome
After successfully completing this Masterclass you should be able:

  • to know and understand the OLM modules in order to provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing or applying ideas in your own context.
  • to apply the knowledge and understanding of the OLM Modules through problem solving abilities applied in the valuation and assessment of change initiatives in your own context.
  • to show the ability to integrate knowledge and master complexity with respect to the OLM modules and do judgements based upon insufficient information.
  • to describe the conclusions and the knowledge with respect to the OLM modules for both specialists and ordinary people, peer students, the teacher and – last but not least – your own context, such as own management and other stakeholders.
  • to be able to continue to study for OLM modules and Trends almost independently by being a reflective practitioner: the ability to reflect, stipulate the lessons learned and formulating new learning objectives.

During the Masterclass you will be teached and tested in developing the gained competencies. The Final assessment is – under Exam Board supervision – a Case Exam and a Reflection Report in which you create/reflect upon a Organisational Learning business case in your working environment, using the insights of this Masterclass.

The main assessment criteria are:

  • Change Complexity.
  • Analysis and Argumentation.
  • Connection to the theory.
  • Reflection on own thinking.
  • Reflecting on own acting.

The detailed criteria as present from the start of the Masterclass. In case you want to discover them upfront: do get in contact.

All lectures assignments have to be delivered before the given dates (usually the lecture date) with a reattempt possibility one week after the due date (not delivered assignment) or grading date (delivered assignment). Deadline for the End Assignment is 4 weeks after the last lecture with a Reattempt Deadline 12 weeks after the last lecture. The Case Exam is held online 2 weeks after the last lecture, with one Resit 6 weeks after the last lecture.  Teachers grade your assignments and exams within 3 weeks after delivery.

The Exam and End Assignment deadlines will be extended with the holiday periods following the “Voortgezet OnderWijs” holiday periods as stated by the Dutch Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap.

Relation with other Masterclasses

The Organisational Learning Masterclass is one the Masterclasses in our Management of Innovation & Change (MIC) offering:

OLM Position

The Organisational Learning Masterclass can be followed independently or as a stepping stone towards a complete portfolio of masterclass modules.

You can deepen what you have learned in:

  • Change Leadership Masterclass (CLM).
  • Human Assets Masterclass (HAM).

Or broaden it with:

  • Technology Innovation Masterclass (TIM).



Driven by your objectives

visionWithin the context of the course students pro-actively defines personal learning objectives in order to give direction to their learning. So your learning is not a matter of chance, but of choice!

Action Learning
In order to maximize the effectuality of your learning, we use action learning in which complex business issues, problems and challenges are solved by students, using the theory in practice. Getting to the underlying root cause (upstream analysis), reflecting upon thinking and acting (evaluate) and dare to create solutions (create) gives you the ability to develop your problem solving capability and change leadership. You and your organisation will see the benefit of this.

Multichannel Learning
We use a state of the art virtual learning environment in which students and teachers also meet virtually, co-create in learning activities, read study material, do tests and so on. Available for ons desktop, tablet and if you like on your mobile: so anytime and anyplace learning is within your reach.

Due to our belief that the real learning starts when the course stops, you have free access to your course for at least 2 years after your start. So your learning remain supported by the virtual environment, enabling you to stay in contact with peer students.

Learning Groups
Between classroom sessions you organise yourself in Learning Groups (4-5 members) in order to execute group assignments: you will learn a lot from peer students.

Classroom Sessions
Our classroom sessions are really flipped: building upon what you learned in our virtual learning environment and the beforementioned learning groups we have highly interactive sessions meeting with a mixture of dialogue, knowledge, cases and so on. So you won’t see a lot of slidewire in class; they are available in the virtual envrionment.

Our Teachers are trained and experienced masters of change. They have a master degree in Change Management and teach it on Universities receiving an excellent teacher rating. They have a business background in order to connect the theory with the practice in organisations.

Number of Students
We aim for classes with at least 12 students.


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Study Load

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Learning Material
A rich virtual learning environment with articles and cases is provided for 24 months, counting from the start of the masterclass. It is included in the price.

Recommended literature (exclude form the price):

SheddingShedding New Lights on Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (2014)
Joaquin Alegre, Ricardo Chiva, Anabel Fernandez-Mesa
ISBN13: 9781443853750
Indicative price: € 79,=


WengerCultivating Communities of Practice (2002)
Etienne Wenger, Richard Mcdermott, William Snyder
Indicative Price: € 32,=



Do wait for the opening of the masterclass in the virtual environment in order to gain from our second hand book market.


Quotes from students of the previous editions of this Masterclass:

Students 2010-2011

  • “This is really helping my job getting done!”
  • “Every day I use what I have learned in this module”
  • “Theory in Practice!”
  • “Intensive and Valuable.”
  • “I can recommend this course with the full 5 stars.”
  • “I want to do all courses in this programme!”
  • “Multiple views!”
  • “Enrichment of leadership style”
  • “Direct applicable in practice”
  • “Inspiring and motivating”
  • Students 2011-2012“Sound base for Change Management”
  • “Empowering Critical Thinking”
  • “Beyond models”
  • “Every Lean specialist should follow this course!


students 2012-2013



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