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Seven Trends in Corporate Training and Development: Strategies to Align Goals with Employee Needs

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Seven Trends in Corporate Training and Development: Strategies to Align Goals with Employee Needs


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The critical trends reshaping training and development: what they mean to your organization, how to manage them, and how to leverage them for long-term competitive advantage 

  • 7 powerful trends reshaping how people learn – and what organizations need from learning programs
  • Practical new guidance on setting goals and measuring results in corporate training and development
  • Coverage includes: person-centered learning; teaching agility; improving critical thinking; and gaining more value from informal learning
  • Indispensable strategic and tactical guidance for all HR/talent management professionals with organizational learning responsibilities


  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-313888-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-313888-7

Understand, anticipate, master, and leverage the seven powerful trends that are transforming workplace training and development! In Seven Trends in Corporate Training and Development, pioneering innovator Ibraiz Tarique offers actionable thought leadership on all seven trends, helping you address the new challenges they present, and leverage new opportunities they offer. Tarique focuses on strategic directions for training and development, while offering tangible and specific recommendations for addressing and anticipating all seven trends. His example-rich, best-practice coverage includes:

¿ How and why the role of training and development professionals is changing

¿ Impacts ranging from globalization and demographics to hybrid career paths

¿ What future learning systems will look like

¿ Leveraging emerging technologies and new approaches to collaboration

¿ Measuring training ROI

¿ Using training to develop new sources of talent

¿ Helping employees discern fact from opinion

¿ Applying powerful new insights into how adults learn

¿ Teaching agility

¿ Making person-centered learning work

¿ Getting more value from informal learning

¿ Using stretch assignments to strengthen critical thinking

¿ Leveraging "new experts" within and beyond your organization

For all HR leaders and specialists with direct or indirect responsibility for organizational learning, including Directors of Learning and Development, Directors of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officers, HR Training Managers, and trainers

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Table of Contents

Preface     xiv
Part I:  The Changing Context     1
Chapter 1 Forces Shaping the Corporate Learning Function     3
   The Corporate Learning Function     4
   Globalization: Global Workplace and a Borderless Workforce     5
   Talent Management: A Surplus of Workers and a Shortage of Required Competencies     9
   Workforce Segmentation: Various Employee Groups     10
   Careers: Hybrid Careers and Fluid Jobs     14
   Learning Technologies: Continue to Evolve     16
   Summary     17
Chapter 2  Adult Learning and Development     19
   Learning Perspectives and Theories: How Adults Learn     19
   Work Environment Characteristics     27
   Learner Characteristics     29
   Today’s Learner: Fragmented Learning     32
   Summary     35
Chapter 3  The Art of Knowledge Acquisition     37
   Knowledge Economy and the Knowledge Workforce     38
   The Different Types and Levels of Knowledge     41
   Knowledge Search     44
   Information Overload     45
   Knowledge Transfer     47
   Summary     49

Part II:  Emerging Trends in Training and Development Practices     51
Chapter 4  Technology-Based Learning (Trend 1)      53
   What Is Technology-Based Learning?     53
   Impact of Technology on Learning     56
   Mobile Learning     61
   Summary     65
Chapter 5  Informal Learning (Trend 2)     67
   Different Types of Informal Learning     68
   Informal Learning Strategy     73
   Who Is Most Likely to Participate in Informal Learning?     76
   Summary     77
Chapter 6  Customized Learning and Learner Control (Trend 3)     79
   What Is Customized Learning?     80
   Different Types of Instructional Design     80
   Individual Characteristics     83
   Learner Control     90
   Summary     91
Chapter 7  Continuous Learning (Trend 4)     93
   What Is Continuous Learning?     94
   Reasons for Continuous Learning     94
   Strategies for Organizations     95
   Strategies for the Individual     98
   Summary     100
Chapter 8  Learning and Development Through Teamwork (Trend 5)     101
   Different Types of Teams and How Teams Work     102
   Successful Teams and Effective Team Members     105
   The Importance of Collaborative Learning     107
   Summary     109
Chapter 9  Extreme Development: Stretch Assignments and Learning Agility (Trend 6)     111
   What Is Development?     112
   What Is Extreme Development?     117
   The Importance of Stretch Assignments     119
   The Importance of Learning Agility     120
   Summary     122
Chapter 10  The New Experts (Trend 7)     123
   What Is Expertise?     123
   Developing Expertise     124
   Experts and Reverse Knowledge Transfer     128
   Summary     129

Part III:  Strategic Directions for Training and Development      131
Chapter 11  Investment in Workforce Learning and Development     133
   The Investment Perspective: Corporate Learning Strategy     134
   The Investment Perspective: A Dedicated Talent Management Function     136
   Evaluation of Investments in Workforce Learning and Development     143
   Summary     149
Chapter 12  The Future of Training and Development     151
   Future of Leadership and Managerial Competencies     152
   Future of Forces Shaping the Corporate Learning Function     154
   Future of Adult Learning and Development     156
   Future of Knowledge Acquisition     157
   Future of Technology-Based Learning     158
   Future of Informal Learning     159
   Future of Customized Learning and Learner Control     160
   Future of Continuous Learning     161
   Future of Learning and Development through Teamwork     162
   Future of Extreme Development     163
   Future of the New Experts     164
   Future of Investments in Workforce Learning and Development     164
   Conclusion     166
Appendix A  Case-Study Examples     167
   Globalization Technology and Global Leadership Development in Nissan Motor Company     167
   Coaching and Knowledge Transfer     169
   Developing Experts at FM Global     170
Endnotes     171
Index     215

Understand the seven massive trends reshaping organizational learning: meet their new challenges, leverage their new opportunities, and build the learning systems and careers of the future.


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