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Understanding the context of L&D

Bell, R and Loon, M (2016) 'Understanding the context of L&D.' In: Loon, M, ed. Professional practice in learning and development: how to design and deliver plans for the workplace. Kogan Page, London, pp. 66-103. ISBN 9780749477424

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: L & D, Learning and Development. Learning and Development professionals, context, change
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 16:03
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 16:03
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9655
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