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Evolution and experimentation: the Barclays University case

Taylor, Scott; Rogers, John and Storey, John (2005). Evolution and experimentation: the Barclays University case. In: Paton, Rob; Peters, Geoffrey; Storey, John and Taylor, Scott eds. Handbook of corporate university development: managing strategic learning initiatives in the public and private domains. London, UK: Gower Publishing, pp. 71–82.

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About the book: From the moment the first corporate university (CU) was created and the term was coined, the central metaphor of university has proved a double-edged sword. The emphasis on university has been a driving force in moving companies beyond a restricted and siloed approach to training, to a central vision for learning within the organization. On the other hand, there have been failures and many corporate universities have struggled to bring a business rigour to learning or to align their development with the key business and financial drivers of the organization.
Handbook of Corporate University Development draws on experience from around the world, to provide anyone responsible for strategy and learning – at senior levels in government, education and business – with a picture of current best practice. The Handbook is not a prescriptive 'how-to', rather an exploration of key issues such as:
• Who owns a corporate university initiative?
• How is the funding managed?
• How is the CU aligned with business strategy?
• How do CU directors and project managers deploy resources?
• How do they deal with suppliers?
• How do they report and measure CU performance?
• What are the processes and technologies needed to provide and support different forms of learning?
• How can you blend different media?
• How do you assess what learning has taken place?
• What are the future prospects and potential for corporate universities?
It is time for the corporate university to demonstrate how business rigour, handled deftly and with strong and perceptive leadership, can revolutionize learning both inside and outside the organization. Handbook of Corporate University Development is an important catalyst towards this process.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 0-566-08583-6, 978-0-566-08583-3
Extra Information: Chapter in question is Chapter 6.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 1640
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:50
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