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Saskia Tjepkema, Jim Stewart, Sally Sambrook, Martin Mulder, Hilde ter Horst and Jaap Scheerens (editors)

HRD and learning organisations in Europe

(Series: Routledge Studies in Human Resource Development)
London & New York: Routledge
ISBN: 0-415-27788-4


How do HRD professionals regard their own role in the light of the growing importance attached to learning? What roadblocks do they face in changing HRD practices, and how do they try to overcome these?

'Lifelong learning'is moving from buzzword to reality for ever more workers. Firms increasingly need their workers to be active, self-directed learners who contribute to innovations and improvements of processes, products and services. Companies that explicitly encourage and support worker learning, from a strategic perspective, are called 'learning organisations'.

This book is the result of a European study into the changing views and practices of professionals in the field of human resource development within such organisations.

Focusing on Europe, the book contains authors and research from Finland, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy. Theoretical explorations of the learning organisation and the changing face of HRD complement the nearly 30 case studies of HRD functions.


1. Introduction
2. Learning organisations and HRD
3. Methodology
4. Cases from Belgium
5. Cases from Finland
6. Cases from France
7. Cases from Germany
8. Cases from Italy
9. Cases from the Netherlands
10. Cases from the United Kingdom
11. Conclusions from case studies and survey
12. Reflections and discussion

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First set up: 04/06/2002
Latest update: 04/06/2002