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As a business concept, a "machine" is a functioning company where each member or department has a specific, specialized purpose and for the machine to function, everyone must fulfill that purpose. This is a traditional corporate model.
A learning organization, on the other hand, adopts training methods for all staffmembers on a continual basis, as part of its daily operations, so that the employees function better as an interchangeable team, as opposed to mutually exclusive silos of operation. One team can accomplish the tasks it is most prepared for, and can cross over departments if necessary to make the organization more efficient.
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