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in learning oriented organisations in Belgium, the Netherlands and the
# 1 The Netherlands
is taking on a strategic meaning within work organisations. In efforts
to become learning organisations, or to enhance knowledge management,
in order to better meet strategic challenges, ever more companies strive
to enhance the opportunities for (informal) employee learning. Such organisations
can be labelled 'learning oriented organisati-ons', organisations that:
create (on-the-job as well as off-the-job) facilities for employee learning;
stimulate employees not only to attain new knowledge and skills, but also
to acquire skills in the field of learning and problem solving and thus
develop their capacity for future learning ('learning to learn').
development of such learning oriented organisations, has a profound impact
on the relationship between work and learning. Whereas learning used to
be primarily equalled to training, it now becomes predominantly associated
with learning from experience, and self-directed learning. This changing
view of learning has far-reaching consequences for the role and tasks of
Human Resource Development (HRD) professionals.
little is known on these changes. Research in this area was mainly restricted
to a few case study projects. Moreover, it is unclear whether the results
of these studies are valid for the European situation, since much of the
literature on which it is based is of American origin, and empirical data
were only collected on a national level (the Netherlands, UK). It is against
this background that, in the beginning of 1998, a European TSER funded
research project was started, with the aim to clarify the main changes
in the field of HRD.
Sabine; Raffe, David (eds.). 2000. VETNET ECER 2000 proceedings: Current
research in European vocational education and human resource development.
Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer00.htm].