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Title HRD & LLL
The role of HRD within organisations in creating opportunities for life-long learning: Concepts and practices in seven European countries
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Concept Trends Findings Practice Challenge
Synopsis Lifelong learning has become, and will remain, an important topic for Europe, as the continent develops into a learning society. Work organisations are becoming important partners in this learning society, as they provide ever more opportunities for continuous learning to their employees, with the objective to optimise organisational learning. This new focus on employee learning changes the role of the HRD function. 

HRD functions have objectives in five areas:
- supporting the business;
- supporting (informal) learning;
- supporting knowledge sharing (as a special form of supporting informal learning);
- development and coordination of training;
- changing HRD practices.

The learning organisation is a metaphor that is important for HRD professionals, as to:
- the need for developing collective intelligence within organisations and organisational forms supporting such a need, overcoming the remains of Fordism at different levels;
- the importance of knowledge and in particular tacit knowledge which has to be recognised and valorised insofar it is embedded in human resources;
- the overcoming of training-based development policies towards new policies fostering learning in different ways, including support to competencies development, learning networks and learning self-assessment in the communities of practice (Tjepkema et al. 2000a, pp. i, vi, viii).

Reference The final project report (Tjepkema et al. 2000a) outlines a broad range of conceptual issues underpinning the qualitative and quantitative investigation of the role of HRD within organisations.
See also project info on HRD & LLL.
Descriptors D-HRD  EP00          E04a
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