Learning organisation review – a “good” theory perspective

The purpose of this paper is to perform integrative literature review of the learning organisation (LO) concept, on the basis of the results of the literature review to assess the concept on the principles of “good” theory, and provide future avenues for LO concept clarification and development.

Full paper at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/TLO-12-2014-0067


Learning Organisation Modelling Patterns

In a continuously changing external environment the learning organization can provide a competitive advantage. However, the concept has been largely criticized for lack of conceptual clarity and operational imprecision. This has strongly undermined the possibility for development of learning organization models. The aim of this paper is to identify the generative mechanism of the learning organization by applying pattern-oriented modelling. This is achieved through development of a learning organization conceptual model that contains learning as a central domain supported by an additional 10 domains organized into four pillars: direction (vision and strategy), infrastructure (structure, technology and processes), informal (culture, power, politics) and change (leadership and change). Through development of patterns for each domain of the model, the Learning Levels and the relation ‘transcend and embed’ were identified as generative mechanisms of the learning organization.

Full paper at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/kmrp.2014.22

YAML block for academic paper title page

I write my papers in Scrivener in markdown syntax. The markdown syntax poses me a problem to organise title page elements (title, authors, affiliation, abstract and key words) in structure that when compiled through Pandoc will get a fully expanded Word document (docx) with appropriate title page.

Existing Pandoc metadata blocks (pandoc_title_block and yaml_metadata_block) do not cover this very well for docx output.

Creatively combining different features and ideas I created the following YAML metadata block:

— — —
title:  This is my title
author: John Doe^1^^, ^^2^
  - for
  - meta
  - tags
date: ^1^ My University First, ^2^ My University Second 
abstract: |
  **Abstract:** This is the abstract.

  <span custom-style=“Keywords”>**Keywords**: for, in , the, text.</span>

The good thing with this YAML metadata block is that “keywords for meta tags” will be stored in document preferences. While, “keywords for in the text” will be formatted in document’s keyword style and recognized as keywords within the document. Finally, I used the date variable as affiliation variable (affiliation variable is not supported for docx output) . Date variable was most appropriate replacement for affiliation variable because it is positioned after the author. As is usually required in title pages of academic papers.

I hope you write a lot of title pages 🙂

Directly searching pdf in Zotero storage with Alfred workflow

Sometimes I know the author/s or the title of a paper I want to read, however going to Zotero, searching it and opening it can take some time. To speed up things a little bit I created taskflow to search only pdfs in my Zotero storage. I used the default PDF File Searcher workflow and modified it to search only in my Zotero storage. I added a complex shortcut to this workflow and then through BetterTouchTool I added an action whenever I press double right shift (Shift+Shift) to trigger the shortcut for searching pdfs in my Zotero storage. The complete setting is shown bellow

Automated pdf snippeting process on DEVONthink with BetterTouchTool

I do a lot of pdf reading in DEVONthink and very often I need to snippet sections of the text and create a new plain text file. This requires I to select the text, copy it, open new file in separate tab, add the text, add a link to the pdf and add the citation key so I know from which pdf is the snippet and a date when I snipped it. At the end I need to title the new plain text file. I can do all this manually, but while I am doing it it de-focuses me from my reading. Thus, I used BetterTouchTool to automate the process. I start the complete process with alt+C shorcut. The sequence of actions in BTT is presented bellow :

The result is automated process, that does the whole work. Only in the last step, I write the title of the new plain text file

Citation key pattern for BetterBibTex

My citation key pattern in BetterBibTex is


The result is [Santa.15.l] for the paper 

Santa, M. (2015). Learning organisation review – a “good” theory perspective. The Learning Organization, 22(5). https://doi.org/10.1108/TLO-12-2014-0067

Removing new line \n from plain text

Sometimes when you copy text from a two columns pdf and you paste it as a plain text in Scrivener/DEVONthink or other writing tool the text is pasted with too much new lines, because the pasted text keeps the new lines from the pdf. The result is

with the
to an

It takes too much time to fix this manually, thus I modified the PopClip’s “Remove spaces” extension to Remove New Lines extension. When I select the text and run the extension the result is

Apparently they felt that there is a conceptual inquiry, one properly called “a logic of discovery”, which is not to be confounded with the psychology and sociology appropriate to understanding how some investigator stumbled on to an improbable idea in unusual circumstances.

Popclip extension for replacing “- ” (i.e. hyphenspace) within text

Some times when I clip text from pdf document and paste it as plain text in Scrivener or DEVONthink I have a problem in pasted text. I get text like this

“what actually happens, and the underlying mecha- nisms that produce the events in the world.”

“- ” (i.e. HyphenSpace) splits the word mechanisms in mecha- nisms. Previously I will go through the pasted text and manually remove “- “. However, I noticed that PopClip has Remove spaces extension. So I used that extension and modified instead to remove empty spaces to remove HyphenSpace.

Please take in account that you can select large part of text and the changes will be made everywhere, however be careful it will also remove hyphens used as bullets.

A Systems Approach to Evaluate One Health Initiatives

Challenges calling for integrated approaches to health, such as the One Health (OH) approach, typically arise from the intertwined spheres of humans, animals, and ecosystems constituting their environment. Initiatives addressing such wicked problems commonly consist of complex structures and dynamics. As a result of the EU COST Action (TD 1404) “Network for Evaluation of One Health” (NEOH), we propose an evaluation framework anchored in systems theory to address the intrinsic complexity of OH initiatives and regard them as subsystems of the context within which they operate. Typically, they intend to influence a system with a view to improve human, animal, and environmental health. The NEOH evaluation framework consists of four overarching elements, namely: (1) the definition of the initiative and its context, (2) the description of the theory of change with an assessment of expected and unexpected outcomes, (3) the process evaluation of operational and supporting infrastructures (the “OH-ness”), and (4) an assessment of the association(s) between the process evaluation and the outcomes produced. It relies on a mixed methods approach by combining a descriptive and qualitative assessment with a semi-quantitative scoring for the evaluation of the degree and structural balance of “OH-ness” (summarised in an OH-index and OH-ratio, respectively) and conventional metrics for different outcomes in a multi-criteria-decision-analysis. Here, we focus on the methodology for Elements (1) and (3) including ready-to-use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for the assessment of the “OH-ness”. We also provide an overview of Element (2), and refer to the NEOH handbook for further details, also regarding Element (4) (http://neoh.onehealthglobal.net). The presented approach helps researchers, practitioners, and evaluators to conceptualise and conduct evaluations of integrated approaches to health and facilitates comparison and learning across different OH activities thereby facilitating decisions on resource allocation. The application of the framework has been described in eight case studies in the same Frontiers research topic and provides first data on OH-index and OH-ratio, which is an important step towards their validation and the creation of a dataset for future benchmarking, and to demonstrate under which circumstances OH initiatives provide added value compared to disciplinary or conventional health initiatives.

Full paper at https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2018.00023

Modeling the creation of a Learning organization by using the Learning Organization Atlas Framework

In a continuously changing external environment, the learning organization can provide a competitive advantage. However, the concept has been largely criticized for the lack of guidelines and tools on how it could be developed. This undermines the opportunity for the development of the learning organization. This paper aims to contribute toward the debate on its creation by proposing a Learning Organization Atlas Framework approach. This framework comprises of the facets of the learning organization that characterize them, a Learning Organization Grid for the analysis and benchmarking of organizations, a Learning Organization Atlas that can be used for developing models of them, and a Learning Organization Road Map that includes the intentions of the organization and the strategies to achieve those intentions. With the framework and its four elements, we propose a method for modeling the learning organization and organizational change by providing embedded flexibility. The next level for research is in identifying the influence between different facets, strategy selection, and development of guidelines for models of learning organizations.


Full paper at https://hal-paris1.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01227451/