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Learn or DieUsing Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization$
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Edward Hess

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170246

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170246.001.0001

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Bridgewater Associates, LP

Bridgewater Associates, LP

Building a Learning “Machine”

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Learn or Die

Edward D. Hess

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines how Bridgewater Associates LP has become a successful learning organization by focusing on the underlying fundamental principles and values on which the company's culture and learning processes were built. Based in Westport, Connecticut, Bridgewater is the largest hedge fund in the world, with more than $150 billion of funds under asset management for approximately 350 clients and a workforce of over 1,300 employees. The company was founded by Ray Dalio, who is still the controlling owner. This chapter considers the Bridgewater business model and Dalio's principles, including what he calls Radical Transparency and his conceptualization that systems and businesses can be thought of as machines. It also looks at people—the hiring, training, and measuring of employees and the personal transformation journey one goes through in adapting to the Bridgewater learning environment.

Keywords:   learning, Bridgewater Associates LP, learning organization, Ray Dalio, Bridgewater business model, Radical Transparency, machines, employee hiring, employee training, employees

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