•Ch.1: Why is shared information so important in a learning organization as compared to an efficient performance organization? Discuss how an organization’s approach to information-sharing might be related to other elements of organization design, such as structure, tasks, strategy, and culture. Learning companies are willing to share their best ideas and need to communicate effectively in order to grow. However, efficient performance strategy is formulated by top managers and forced on the organization. Top executives think about how the organization can best respond to competition, efficiently use resources, and cope with environmental changes. An organization’s approach to information-sharing might be related to other elements of organization design since all employees are in touch with customers, suppliers, and new technology, they help identify needs and solutions and participate in strategy making. In addition, strategy emerges from partnerships with suppliers, customers, and other firms.
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