Research - 28.09.2010 - 00:00 

Learning in times of change

In times of crisis, companies change their executive education and training strategies. Thus companies increasingly encourage the exchange of knowledge among staff. This is revealed by a trend study.


27 September 2010. In an economic crisis, enterprises resort to otherwise unfamiliar forms of executive education and training. Instead of offering structured programmes, they promote an in-house exchange of knowledge. The aim is a learning organisation. This is evidenced by the new trend study of the Swiss Centre for Innovations in Learning (scil) at the HSG. Personnel managers will discuss the challenges of education management in times of recession during the 4th scil Congress on the Executive Campus HSG on 7 and 8 October 2010.

Staff define executive education
Contrary to the surveys of 2006 and 2008, the current scil trend study shows that education and training managers are increasingly giving preference to learning from each other. This has the advantage that they save resources while promoting employees’ personal responsibility. At the same time, executives lose their leading role in the learning process. It is not they alone who convey information and knowledge; rather, the employees themselves are called upon to do so. Their requirements are perceived more strongly than before. The trend favours executive education programmes of the Web 2.0 such as wikis and podcasts.

Motivation for life-long learning
The scil Congress of 7 and 8 October will be dealing with the value creation of professional learning in times of constant change. How can education and training activities be linked to corporate strategy as closely as possible? How can managers bring their expertise to bear on crisis management? And how does an organisation motivate its workforce to engage in life-long learning as organised by themselves? Renowned speakers from all over the world will comment on these issues at the Congress.

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