Coping With Organizational Aging: Renewal Through Institutional Diversity and Collaborative Learning

Carol A. Mullen, Mariela A. Rodríguez, Tawannah G. Allen


This article’s focus on aging and renewal assumes that the maturing of organizations requires an action-oriented vision of institutional diversity and collaborative learning.  Reviewed is the literature on organizational life systems (movement), institutional diversity trends (diversification), and learning-oriented leadership (collaboration).  Using these three lenses, a new framework is introduced to describe structural change.  A national-level association in the educational leadership field is followed relative to its trajectory of change.  This longitudinal empirical study’s methods involve analysis of archival data belonging to the organization and stories of collaborative professional learning narrated by three racially diverse female leaders.  Experimenting with peer learning as a governance team enhanced organizational diversity and collaborative learning, revitalizing the association’s productivity, caliber, and visibility.


organizational aging and renewal, organizational life systems, institutional diversity trends, learning-oriented leadership, collaborative professional learning, educational leadership

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