Understanding and practices of the Bahá’í community of Singapore were reviewed via survey and interviews of the active members of the community within the framework of Senge’s (1990) model of a learning organization. The study indicated that the Bahá’í community of Singapore would be able to sustain growth at least for the near future. The study participants considered the community to be relatively stronger in personal mastery and shared vision but weaker in mental models, systems thinking and team learning. Discussion of the weaker core disciplines identified reluctance to question assumptions as a major gap, which most likely had cultural roots. Interactions between core disciplines were indicated and discussed by referencing the literature. Best practices culled from literature and management tools available to the Bahá’í community to implement these best practices were recommended by the researchers to improve the performance of the community. The need for a more rigorous evaluation of the key characteristics relevant to a religious community was also highlighted.
|Keywords:||Learning Organization, Knowledge Management, Religious Community, Bahá'í Faith|
Graduate Student, Division of Information Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
Head, Division of Information Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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