Peter Senge

Peter Senge has been at the forefront of organizational learning since publishing his classic text – The Fifth Discipline – in 1990. Considered by Harvard Business Review to be the seminal management book of the previous 75 years, The Fifth Discipline provides the theories and methods to foster aspiration, develop reflective conversation, and understand complexity in order to build a learning organization.Peter is driven by the desire to understand how we can work together to live in harmony with one another and with Mother Earth. He continues to push the boundaries of our understanding of organizational learning- teaching his principles in workshops and seminars across the country. Peter describes his process as “sharing” rather than “teaching”, in an attempt to “help people see not just what has been done before, but sharing what has been done, by suggestion, surfacing or eliciting what new might be possible.” 

Throughout his career, Peter has been asking, “how do we create the best conditions, including the tools and methods, for enabling learning communities?” Since the publication of The Fifth Discipline, Peter has shared the driving principles of organizational learning with business, education, health care, and government. Through his work, Peter strives to foster learning communities around the globe in order to improve our world.

Considered by the Journal of Business Strategy as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy in the 20th Century; Peter is the founding chairperson of SoL and a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Peter graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in engineering. He holds an M.S. in social systems modeling and a PhD in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

1990, The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization

1994, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook

1999, The Dance of Change

2000, Schools that Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares about Education

2004, Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future

2005, Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, ‘Organizations, and Society’

2008, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World