Summary of A New Paradigm for Corporate Training

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In the 1970s and 1980s, corporate training meant a slide projector and a stack of plastic-laminated foils. Since then, the industry has gone through a series of technology- and economics-driven paradigm shifts. Today, the $200 billion global training market is undergoing its latest revolution, one that recognizes workers’ need for targeted micro-learning and the capabilities of adaptive learning solutions. Industry analyst Josh Bersin outlines four decades of changes in corporate training and then turns to the latest paradigm, which he dubs “Learning in the Flow of Work.” getAbstract recommends Bersin’s clear, expert summary of corporate training’s history – and its near future.

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Industry analyst Josh Bersin is the principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte.


A new paradigm called “Learning in the Flow of Work” represents the latest of a series of stages in the evolution of corporate training. These stages have developed in response to technological innovations and economic conditions. After the invention of the PC in 1981, trainers stopped carrying around projectors and slides, and started delivering programs on CD-ROM and video disk. The growing need for databases to track learning progress led to training management systems and learning management systems. The emergence of web browsers during the 1990s fostered an online paradigm that imitated real-world education...

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