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* Featured Title * Doing More with Less: Organizational Learning and the OLSET Tool by Anthi Theiopoulou

Friday, February 10, 2017

Genre: Nonfiction, Business & Economics, Organizational Development, Management Science
Format: Print
Publication Date: December 17, 2016

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Make your organization ready for any future.

The newest paradigm in management strategy is organizational learning (OL), an approach that allows businesses to learn and improve over time.

In this in-depth overview, theory intersects with practice to prepare leaders to apply OL knowledge in their organizations. It includes the most current research in operationalizing OL, which the author conducted at the University of Liverpool between 2011 and 2012.

The information is laid out in three parts:

- Background knowledge required to skillfully implement OL tools
- Theory and research behind the components of the OL equation
- A customizable OL management system (OLSET) that you can apply directly in your organization

The new organizational learning self-evaluation tool (OLSET) allows leaders to conduct an OL capacity audit and plan change, ensuring that their businesses have a continuous competitive advantage, regardless of market conditions.

Anthi Theiopoulou, MSc, is one of the world’s foremost experts on OL having spent fifteen years studying and practicing it. Now she is sharing her breakthrough original research.

Q&A

What inspired you to write this book? This can be an event that happened in your life, maybe you saw a need that needed to be filled. Let us know what motivated you to write the book.
I was studying medicine and at our third year a professor talked to us about the career choices that we would have to make. She explained to us that we could choose research or practicing medicine but in both cases we would have to follow the norms of the health system put together by the big pharmaceuticals. We all left the auditorium that day with depression. I couldn't live my life like this since I wanted to become a doctor in order to serve patients rather than a system. I was seeing and hearing the same desperation in the words and faces of all my fellow students too. That was when I decided that rather than becoming a medical doctor I would prefer to devote my life to solving this problem for all other doctors. This meant that I had to shift to studying management. This was exactly what I did and almost 20 years later this book provides the answer of how to change systems including the health one.
What is one of the most important points you make in the book? Why do feel this one point is important? Let us know what makes this point so meaningful to you.
The most important point in the book is the OLSET methodology which uniquely allows Organizational Learning, the newest approach to management, to be applied at any scale. Being a rigorous scientific instrument, rather than a product of empirical observation, if adopted, it can update the management approach of all our institutions. In such a case, participative leadership and collective intelligence that stand behind the OLSET methodology will significantly transform our daily lives, both as professionals and as citizens, for the better.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Maslow, Argyris, Senge, Meadows and Wheatley
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading the socioeconomic analysis of Greece's crisis by a friend who wants to publish it. Unfortunately I don't have the time to read for pleasure any more.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not reading or writing?
I enjoy contributing in and co-creating meaningful social innovation initiatives with various NGOs like the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), the Great Transition Initiative (GTI), the Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans, the Federation of Pontians and several others.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about the book?
The whole book is based on scientific research conducted by me during the last 15 years. The highlights of this, still ongoing research, were: the international research in Organizational Learning best practices from 2008 to 2011 and the research in operationalizing Organizational Learning conducted at the University of Liverpool from 2011 to 2012 which produced the OLSET methodology. The research continues and our team is now testing the OLSET scale around the world to produce an Index that will allow benchmarking of organizational learning and sustainability across cultures, sectors, longevity and sizes.

About Anthi Theiopoulou

Anthi Theiopoulou, author. Reprinted with permission.
Anthi Theiopoulou was born in Athens on 26 April 1980 from parents Engineers of TUA with Asia Minor origin (Constantinopolitan and Pontiac). During the last years she lives in Lykovrisi, Athens with her twelve years old son.

She has been specialized in Strategy and Organizational Development and she holds an MSc in International Management from the University of Liverpool. She speaks fluently English, French and Italian, plays the piano and was a member of the Hellenic National Karate Team for several years. She participates as a member in various international scientific Forums like the Great Transition Initiative and the European Innovation Network as well as in various Boards.

During the last 13 years she works as a Consultant and is a co-founder and President of the Hellenic Society for Organizational Learning. The last 10 years of service was highlighted by vigorous social and research activity pioneering in development, transfer and integration of knowhow in the Hellenic society. In May 2014 she also participated in the European Parliament elections as a candidate of the United People’s Front party of Greece (ΕΠΑΜ) and continues to be active in politics since then. In 2015 she founded OLSET Ltd., which is based in the Innovation Warehouse hub of High-Tech companies in London, and provides a scientifically developed software that enables organizations to apply Organizational Learning at any scale.

Her first book, titled ‘Doing More With Less; Organizational Learning and the OLSET tool’ was published in 2016 and describes in a simple way the scientific research behind the OLSET software.
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Thank you, Anthi for taking the time to answer a few questions about you and your book. I really appreciate your patience while you waited for your book to be featured.

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