VETNET ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Wouters, Karen; Buyens, Dirk; Dewettinck, Koen
The role of HRD in creating opportunities for lifelong learning: empirical study in Belgian organisations

Within the scope of the TSER-project (1998-2000), that aimed to examine new HRD initiatives in learning oriented organisations throughout Europe, this study confronts the Belgian findings with the European outlook. By making use of a survey that was held among a group of 165 companies, of which 39 are located in Belgium, it became clear that the Belgian HRD professionals donít position themselves on the first place as strategic partners in realising the business. Also the results concerning the strategies do not paint a picture of very innovative HRD practices. However, the professionals indicate that strategies to support the business, to stimulate learning and knowledge sharing will become the most important strategies for the future. The factors that appear to burden the change process most strongly, are a lack of time on behalf the employees and managers, a lack of clarity on HRDís role, insufficient learning culture and low flexibility of the organisational structure. 

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Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 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/ecer01.htm].
   
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