Rethinking Workplace Learning and Development

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Rethinking Workplace Learning and Development

9781802203769 Edward Elgar Publishing
Karen E. Watkins, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, University of Georgia and Victoria J. Marsick, Department of Adult and Organizational Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University, US
Publication Date: August 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 376 9 Extent: c 192 pp
Cognizant of the complexity and uncertainty that characterizes our post-pandemic world, this book highlights how learning and development needs to be wired into the culture of a business. Karen E. Watkins and Victoria J. Marsick extend the vision of learning and development to embrace a full range of learning interventions, considering what it means to change the culture of an organization into a learning-rich environment.

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Cognizant of the complexity and uncertainty that characterizes our post-pandemic world, this book highlights how learning and development needs to be wired into the culture of a business. Karen E. Watkins and Victoria J. Marsick extend the vision of learning and development to embrace a full range of learning interventions, considering what it means to change the culture of an organization into a learning-rich environment.

Examining current practice and cutting-edge research in the field, the authors investigate how and why learning and development is evolving. Featuring case examples and vignettes of workplace learning and development at key global organizations including Pepsico, IBM, Unilever, Bank of America, and ESPN/Disney, the book explores alternative approaches to workplace learning. The authors delve into the hidden curriculum of informal and incidental learning, team learning, and the changing dimensions of learning organizations, ultimately mapping out how the L&D function can aid the progression of organizations.

Rethinking Workplace Learning and Development will be of value to students and faculty in academic programs for workplace learning and development as well as those in business and human resource management. Its practical insights on how to best design, support and sustain L&D in the workplace will also benefit practitioners, managers and leaders of learning and development.
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‘Watkins and Marsick, along with their various collaborators, provide in their most recent and prescient text, a blueprint for understanding critical learning challenges in today’s workplace. We cannot simply presume the learning challenges they discuss will occur, the challenges are here upon us now, and much depends on them being addressed. The authors wisely make use of their past extensive writings on workplace learning as a basis for showing the way forward now. An important contribution to the workplace learning and development literature.’
– Ronald L. Jacobs, University of Illinois, US

‘To say this must-read book is timely is an understatement. Learning and development is now at the pinnacle of any list of critically important workplace issues. There are no better guides than Karen Watkins and Victoria Marsick for the urgent and necessary journey to rethink workplace learning and development in these complex and uncertain times.’
– Kenneth R. Bartlett, University of Minnesota, US
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