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The Learning Layer


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Preface PART I: IMPERATIVE AND OPPORTUNITY Introduction Intellectual Capital Acceleration: The Competitive Imperative PART II: THE LEARNING LAYER Lessons from the Brain The Architecture of Learning The End of Autistic Systems! Adaptive Recommendations The Learning Layer Emerges Social Networks and Knowledge Management Unite! Processes that Learn PART III: BUILDING LEARNING INTO THE FABRIC OF BUSINESS The Fabric of Business Learning and Value Business Renewal and Innovation A Fabric of a Different Nature Learning Layer Application Tour PART IV: BUILDING LEARNING INTO THE FABRIC OF YOUR BUSINESS Implementing the Learning Layer Conclusion

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STEVEN FLINN is a founder and CEO of ManyWorlds, Inc.


"The only sustainable edge is to learn faster by working with others. This book explores in very compelling terms the learning layer that all companies will need to stay competitive. Do not delay in buying and reading this path-breaking book - it may save your career and your company." - John Hagel, Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge and co-author of The Power of Pull

"This book explores the fundamentals of how humans learn and think, and applies them systematically to define a means by which organizations can better innovate and grow. By describing a real-world system for engineering innovation, Flinn captures a means by which businesses can harness the entrepreneurial creativity of individuals and systematize it. The Learning Layer is a must-read for any leader seeking to instill their organization with this potential." - David Berry, MD PhD, Partner, Flagship Ventures

"As always, Steve Flinn has his eyes on technology's frontier, exploring the possibilities that may define our future. In this book, he considers adaptation - advances that promise to bring people and systems closer together so that they can learn in tandem. He offers a compelling framework for how this 'learning layer' might transform organizations. Anyone interested in the Internet's evolution or its potential impact on next-generation business will benefit from Flinn's reflections." - Dipak C. Jain, Dean Emeritus and Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

"The Learning Layer is a thorough and detailed examination of how people learn and how organization can use technology to enhance organizational learning to drive sustainable competitive advantage. It provides valuable insights into how organizations can unlock latent knowledge, talent, and innovation to produce outstanding performance and is an essential read for all business leaders." - Gordon Bull, Director of the American Society for Training and Development

"The Learning Layer describes so well the new challenges and opportunities in knowledge management and information technology today. Most impressively, it provides a framework for how to address those challenges by integrating learning into the 'fabric of business' in effective and measurable ways. Mr. Flinn has done a superb job of capturing and processing thoughts on adaptation and learning that many of us have observed but not been able to codify." - Jamie Hatch, Knowledge Management Officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet

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