Review: Karin Reiber (2005). Organisation im Spiegel der Regula Benedicti [Organisation in Reflection of Regula Benedicti]

Jürgen Rausch


For 1500 years, the monastic life of the Benedictines has been defined by rules dating from the time of the first foundation of the order, suggesting an organizational structure that has outlasted historical upheavals and changes. Starting from a new understanding of organisational development as organisational learning, Karin REIBER has looked for clues to organisational formation and learning through a hermeneutic textual analysis of the Regula Benedicti of the 6th Century. Within a theoretical framework, REIBER develops three dimensions of organisational formation and three stages of organisational learning. In a historical reconstruction, the author analyses the text of the Regula Benedicti. In a second section, REIBER adapts and interprets the results of the hermeneutic analysis through a double three-stage theoretical model. She works out interesting aspects for organisational learning, which relate individual learning to organisational learning in favour of members of the organisation, for which consideration for individuality forms a part of the leadership concept and as a framework for social relationships, establishing an informal organisational structure beside the formal one. This illuminating work leads to an integrated concept of organisational learning, which extends the notion of tradition as a characteristic feature of an innovative organisation and which, through continuity and topicality, can hence guarantee the continued existence of modern organisations in the future.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs070174


adaptation; analytical hermeneutics; education; leadership; identity learning; interpretation; learning organisation; monasticism; standards; organisation; organisational learning; Regula Benedicti; textual analysis; values; goal-based rationality


Copyright (c) 2007 Jürgen Rausch

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