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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Marilyn Laiken
Professor Emerita

phone: (416) 978-0727
email: marilyn.laiken@utoronto.ca  

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

Professor Laiken combines an interest in adult education and organizational change through research, teaching and field development in such areas as organizational learning and renewal, system design and transformation, work team development, participative leadership, and experiential, transformative adult education. Her primary focus in all of these areas is to help create organizational environments which are respectful, life-enhancing and supportive of continuous learning and creativity. Professor Laiken's work is based on the belief that traditional organizations have been characterized by job monotony, under-utilization of intellectual skills and an alientation of employees from the total job or production process. Her intention is to support adult educators in working within organizations to address these issues through structural redesign and culture change which helps to access the greatest potential of both the social and the technical systems.