Book News: October 21st, 2004

By Dr Jake Reynolds.In this report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development the author argues that a top-down fact-dominated, mechanistic approach to learning will no longer produce what is needed in today’s organisation. Change happens so quickly and with such regularity that classroom based, fact dominated learning soon becomes out of date. Successful organisations are those that can persuade and encourage their people to learn – to seek actively to acquire the skills necessary to enable constant learning, and the accompanying desire to make use of these skills. This will only happen in the right circumstances: the organisation must seek to create what is described in the report as a “growth medium”.

The report, which costs 50 pounds, is published by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. It can be ordered at