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Understanding the Context of L&D

Bell, Robin ORCID: and Loon, Mark (2016) Understanding the Context of L&D. In: Professional Practice in Learning and Development: How to Design and Deliver Plans for the Workplace. Kogan Page, London, pp. 66-103. ISBN Paperback 9780749477424

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Chapter 2 recognises the important role that context plays in shaping the new directions of L&D professionals. In this chapter, Robin Bell and I discuss how L&D’s role is significantly influenced by contextual factors such as the external environment, organizational life-cycle and size, business/ industry of the organization, organizational goals and senior management’s view of strategy. Irrespective of L&D’s influence on organizational strategy, which varies amongst organizations e.g. whether L&D is a ‘scope maker’ (involved in helping to set direction) or ‘scope taker’ (involved in implementation after the direction has been set), understanding the context they operate within is crucial. This chapter discusses the sources and nature of change, and its impact on industry and organizations’ business model. We also discuss how this has influenced the general nature of work, the workforce, and ultimately, their learning and development.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: L & D, Learning and Development. Learning and Development professionals, context, change
Subjects: A General Works > AS Academies and learned societies (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Mark Loon
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:12

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