Learning And Development Introduction HR Management

Learning is ‘the central issue for the 21st century’, asserts Honey (1998: 28–29) when setting out the Declaration of Learning drawn up by some of the ‘leading thinkers on learning in organisations’: This makes human resource development a key activity in today’s organisations, and lifelong learning crucial for individuals. The purpose of this chapter, which forms a foundation for furthe Chapter is to explain what learning and development are.

The chapter starts by identifying some of the ways in which work and organizations are changing, and why these changes demand continuous learning in individuals and organisations. It then explains what learning and development are, identifies how their context influences them, and examines how they can be facilitated in work organisations.


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