Peter Senge has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools for better understanding economic and organizational change. He studies decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations so as to enhance the ability of employees to work productively toward common goals, and the managerial and institutional changes needed to build more sustainable enterprises, which are seen to be businesses that foster social and natural as well as economic well-being. Senge’s work articulates a cornerstone position of human values in the workplace: namely, that vision, purpose, reflectiveness, and systems thinking are all essential components to an organization realizing its true potential. He has worked with leaders in business, education, civil society, health care, and government.
Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions.
He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization (1990) and co-author of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (1994) and a second field-book, The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organization. Senge co-authored, Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, which gives readers an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning. Most recently Senge authored, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.
The Journal of Business Strategy (September/October 1999) named Peter M. Senge one of the 24 people who has had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years. The Financial Times (2000) named him one of the world’s “top management gurus.” Business Week (October 2001) rated Senge one of the Top Ten Management Gurus.