Company-led Learning Ecosystems

Companies all around the world are facing a new challenge as the rise of business ecosystems breaks down industry borders and leads to hyper-competition for customers and corporate executives as well as corporate talent. Business leaders have to adjust their strategies and reinvent business models.

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Corporate learning as an accelerator of digital transformation

The COVID-19 experience will accelerate digital transformation even further says Martin Moehrle Digital transformation challenges traditional ways of organising work, of defining careers and work identity, of understanding competition within clearly defined boundaries, and of experiencing products and services. It requires organisations to somehow reinvent themselves and, thereby, to recognise that transformation is more about…

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Improved customer focused agility to better navigate disruptive forces

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– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – “In a digital world, analog is more important than ever.” This was the comment from an Oracle executive after participating in the company’s first global, cross-function leadership development programme, Accelerate Executive Insight or AEI. As business catapults ahead with increased complexity, the opportunity to meet…

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Accelerated Excellence

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– SILVER WINNER OF THE 2019 EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AWARDS – How do you – as a car manufacturer – influence your dealer network, ramp up customer satisfaction, improve sales and profits, and at the same time involve the dealers in paying the investments”? Questions Porsche AG was asking itself back in 2012. It was the…

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Innovation in Leadership – Introduction

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You need to think again about how you develop your leaders. Here are the reasons why.   The EFMD Special Interest Group (SIG) “Innovation in Leadership” was set up in 2018 and has pulled together 12 large European companies and paired them with Hult Business School to examine what is happening to leadership development in…

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The Siemens Global Learning Campus

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  Siemens AG is a German multinational conglomerate headquartered in Berlin and Munich with over 379,000 employees worldwide and a turnover of more than €83 billion. It is the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe. Siemens is setting a course for longterm value creation through accelerated growth and stronger profitability with a simplified and leaner…

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Harnessing disruption – a glimpse into the future

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An innovative programme in Canada is showing how co-operation between academia and business can profit both. By Ralph Eastman.   There are few business sectors that are not being affected by disruptive technologies in one way or another. From web-based video changing how we access news and entertainment to 3D printing changing the way we…

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The new realities of corporate learning

Martin Moehrle, Associate Director of Corporate Services, EFMD.   Corporate training departments were established in the early 20th century, at first to enable the workforce to masterwork processes to deliver quality products; then, later, as corporate learning functions, to pursue one or more of the following objectives: • Supporting individuals in improving their performance and…

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The flat tyre of Open Thinking

Dan Pontefract chronicles a cautionary tale of a major US company that forgot its commitment to Open Thinking and paid a heavy price.   Good thinking is required by all of us if we wish to explore new landscapes or decide how to travel from point A to B. If your thinking style is closed —…

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From A to Z

Reference dictionary Corporate learning for the digital world The global technological revolution is transforming business models and the way we think about management. Is the learning and development community ready to face the changes? By Valery Katkalo, Martin Moehrle, Dmitry Volkov. We live in an era in which digital technologies are integrated into virtually all…

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Digital learning: How to train for long-term impact

David Pontoppidan and David Everhart say that a solid understanding of the basics of learning is now in place and technological aids are increasingly available. Now is the time to put them together into blended learning journeys that deliver high and lasting impact Globally, the return on investment from e-learning is fading. In 2016, global revenues for self-paced e-learning reached…

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Insights from an EFMD corporate member survey

Learning and development specialists suggest that the learning function is purposefully evolving from a learning provider to a learning enabler, Martin Moehrle reports. How work is organised today was largely shaped during the industrial age of the 20th century. This includes labour law and management practice but also our understanding of learning and development (L&D).…

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Lifelong learning

The most effective way to deal with change and profit from it, says Annabel Short, is to accept it and embrace the need for lifelong learning You might not like it but change will happen. And often, changes happen quickly – sometimes overnight. In the professional world, this is most commonly seen in areas such…

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Towards a marketplace approach to managing talent

To be successful, organisations and individuals need to transform jointly from a stable to an agile world. Agile organisational structures will be fuelled by agile talent, embracing and thriving in new dynamic environments. By Martin Moehrle In the October 2016 issue of Global Focus, I shared my view that while talent management practices have extensively matured over…

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What keeps you awake at night?

The question of whether talent management is working would be high on a list for many CEOs and corporate leaders. Martin Moehrle analyses the present state of talent management “Talent management” consistently features on the what keeps you awake at night? list of CEOs and other corporate leaders. At about the turn of the millennium, the term became fashionable (though occasionally…

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Myth-busting

Three myths are weakening the development of executive learning, Winfried Ruigrok and Georg Gutmann explain why it is many firms are struggling to make their executive learning and development work Getting managers ready to take up or extend executive responsibilities has always been important but never easy. Over 90% of companies consider executive learning and development (L&D) key to their long-term success…

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How will your company cope with the 100-year life?

Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics at London Business School, explains why future generations of people living to 100 will completely change how we work and live. By Rob Morris Medical advances, improved living and working conditions and greater wealth among the middle classes have boosted life expectancy in developed nations. But while younger people can expect to outlive their parents and grandparents,…

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High Impact: Improving the Impact of Corporate Education Programmes

Employee training and development is essential. But how can companies ensure it is effective and worthwhile? Lindsay Ryan provides some guidelines. Most organisations realise they need to spend money on employee training and development but few of them optimise their programmes and return on training expenditure. Even organisations among those highly regarded for investing in…

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Busting boundaries to accelerate business transformation

Andrew Rutsch explains how a recent EFMD CLIP workshop shedded light on Siemens’ transformation from troubled company to role model. Andrew Rutsch explains how Corporate Learning played a key role in this strategic renewal. In 2007, in a booming global economy, Siemens was in troubled waters. The industrial giant was facing a global corruption scandal…

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Rethinking Corporate Universities

Thomas Sattelberger argues that corporate universities must evolve from being socialisation and knowledge transfer machines to helping their parent companies undertake effective transformation. Until 20 years ago the big companies of the old “Deutschland AG” dominated the image of Germany. Whether Daimler, Siemens, Dresdner Bank, Hoechst, BASF, Thyssen, BMW or Bosch, successful German companies had…

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Eureka. The New Corporate MBA

Dan Pontefract demonstrates how true partnership between business and academia can create learning opportunities that benefit an organisation, its employees and the academic institution itself. Innovation is an interesting concept. For many people it presupposes a “aha” or “eureka” moment in order for something new to have been created. Others (wrongly) pronounce ad nauseam that…

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Learning, Development & Personal Growth

Alessandra Ginante argues that companies must do more to meet the personal needs and ambitions of their managers if they expect them to perform effectively. In today’s knowledge-based, complex and ever-changing business environment it is paramount for ,organisations to have highly qualified professionals if they are fully to realise their economic growth opportunities. Yet the…

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