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After the holidays I thought I was ready to get back into it but I'm not. I thought the holidays were going to provide me with a much needed break but they didn't. It doesn't even feel like we have just had a holiday. I don't think I'm the only one who thinks this either. I've noticed that my group members have been slacking off by not turning up to scheduled meetings, myself included. I just think we are over it all, over uni, over mikes bikes, over the semester and for most of us it is our last year so it is understandable. I wish we had something to motivate ourselves right now because winning mikes bikes and getting a higher grade for this management paper does not seem like a good enough incentive to work hard, even though it used to be. After perusing the readings however, I rediscovered one of the main reasons i become motivated to study, the incentive I have to study is to gain Intel and learn new things. Somewhere along the way I forgot that life was all about learning, growing and constantly improving.

Since the beginning of this course I have more of an insight into the workings of the organization. I now understand terminology and linkages more so than I did before. Although mikes bikes is just a simulation, it has still given me some form of knowledge that I am grateful for and with this simulation I want to further my understanding of organizational concepts, job roles and group dynamics. Working in a team has also helped me to understand other perspectives, and I have also chosen to research some of these various perspectives on how to win mikes bikes or the tips and tricks of the simulation. Intel has encouraged me to further my research. Intel allows me to critically reflect on which strategy is more cost efficient? Which was is more economically viable? it allows me to further question mainstream views and come up with much needed alternatives to them. In learning about other perspectives and strategies on how to run a successful organization, I now hold a different point of view on the workings of an organization, arguably a more intelligent view. There are many factors or dilemmas that take place during organizational processes which need to also be critically reflected on, and this is what transformational learning is all about. New ways of thinking are needed to solve dilemmas by critically reflecting on various issues (Muro and Jeffrey, 2006: p.3).

Double loop learning facilitates transformative learning and looks at how organizations reflect on their development. Argyris and Schon have said that this theory requires deeper thinking and challenges the reasons that are in support of goals, values and strategies. This stage is a necessity in order to make better choices, to find alternatives to solve problems and leads to more in depth Intel. Peter suggests we improve our journal reflections so that they exercise the higher faculties of Daudelins framework. Double loop learning has made me wonder if Peter would like us to reflect more on mikes bikes and group dynamics, the development of our little simulated organization? I guess I've been considering the reasons as to why Peter has uploaded these readings for us, is there an underlying message he is trying to portray and is he hoping for someone to succeed in portraying it within their reflection, or their summative.

When discussing new projects such as HS2 or changing the group strategy we must critically reflect on what this change we do to others and to the economy. Who should be held accountable for these projects, who is the project really helping out? Should we be proactive at this time or is it a time to be conservative with our resources and look at improving other departments. What are the implications for this project or strategy and if doesn’t work out what will be the dilemmas we will have to face and do we have the ability to face these dilemmas? It is also important to relate to those who assist us when we require it so our decisions must support our relationships to an extent. What changes may have to be made to other organizational procedures or policies to make room for the project or to fund the project. Critically reflecting on the HS2 project is likely to point to the many cons of such a worthwhile project, just like critically reflecting on our group strategy now may lead us to questioning whether it was the right strategy to accept. To critically reflect on a new idea can bring about problems that we wish were not there because there are so many reasons why the new idea should be enacted on. I want our group to have another look at our strategy in more depth but this may decrease much needed research regarding our next rollover, it takes up time to critically reflect on our strategy, time that that we simply don't have.

Success in the marketplace is all about learning. Learning is about reflecting critically on your own behaviours and be willing to change if required. It is not so much about solving problems but more to do with how they go about solving the problems which can exacerbate organizational progression.

References
Argyris, C. (1991). Teaching smart people how to learnReflections, 4(2), 4--15
Synnott, M. (2013). Reflection and double loop learning: The case of HS2Teaching Public Administration, 31(1), 124--134. doi:10.1177/0144739413479950

2 Comments

  1. Well I'm commenting on my own journal, i think for starters its probably way too long, i don't think i need to rewrite the readings into my reflection lol. I also didn't plan my time well as I wrote this within the last 2hrs before it was due in on Friday. It was mainly a time management issue for me this week, I should have added a bit to my journal after each group meet up session but ended up doing it all at the last minute. i guess that's why i haven't really commented on our group performance this week, which I should have done. Our group at the moment is demotivated, our results are a reflection of that and i should have commented on the ways I believe we can fix our group dynamics and thus our competitive nature to win mikes bikes.

    I enjoyed the readings this week, I found them easy relate to so this may be why my journal is so long. The reading 'double loop learning' also made me remember one of the reasons why I chose to study which was to learn and to reflect on what I have learnt.        

  2. Hi Micaela, 

    I'm just gonna use the outline that Peter requests us to use when reviewing weekly journals. 

    • How well the journal meets the guidelines provided by Daudlin (1996).
      I felt that you touched on Daudlins reading well you used appropriate examples (HS2 Project) being the problem and questioning yourself into what you do to could improve which involved the early stages of Daudlins 'Reflection' stages. 
    • The extent to which the journal demonstrates achievement in the higher levels of Bloom et al.'s (1956 ) taxonomy of the cognitive domain.
      In order to reach higher levels of Bloom's taxonomy you need to be able to apply the learned material to a situation or this context the 'group performance' from the weekly rollover. 
    • The quality of the writing. 
      The journal was lengthy it could be cut down in some areas which could help your future journals.