Developing professional practice in L&D

Loon, M (2016) 'Developing professional practice in 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. 9-65. ISBN 9780749477424

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The first theme of the book is 'Directions'. This theme concerns the present and potential future expectations that L&D professionals may face in their practice. Chapter 1 is about 'Developing professional practice in L&D'. In the first section, I discuss what is 'professionalism' and what it means for L&D professionals in terms of their development. In this chapter, I argue that expectations of L&D from senior management are growing. L&D professionals need to be able demonstrate ability to influence decision making by developing new competencies that enable them to provide senior management with new insight, which in turn increases L&D's strategic credibility. In examining the diverse activities and tasks that L&D professionals currently, and may be expected to undertake in the future, four roles emerge; capacity and capability builders, boundary spanners, consultants and change agents. Capacity building primarily concerns creating space, time, and cultivating the right environment for the workforce to develop, which can be a challenge given how fire-fighting appears to be prevalent in many organizations today. Capability building involves enhancing knowledge, developing skills and competencies of the workforces, whilst boundary spanning involves networking and growing partnerships within and outside the organization. 'Being a consultant' is briefly touched upon as it is further discussed in Chapter 5, whilst the role of a change agent involves instigating and managing change. This chapter concludes with a discussion of twelve important knowledge, skill and capability areas that L&D professionals must develop to advance their practice.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: Learning and Development, L & D, professional practice, Learning and Development professionals, directions
Divisions: Bath Business School
Chancelry and Research Management
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 16:11
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