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This collection of essays would make the perfect gift for that friend who loves nothing more than to curl up with a human resources manual. The fruit of a colloquium held at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in 2002, it brings together a wide range of contributors, spanning the spectrum from A to P - from academics who write about learning to practitioners who implement learning programs in corporations. The quality of the essays is uneven. Some of them are so chock-full of jargon that they could only make sense to a knowledge management consultant. Others are clear enough to be practical, at least in the hands of an insider. While the theoretical and abstract dominate the discussion, a couple of real-life case studies by actual executives bring the book down to earth. recommends this compendium to practitioners in its field. They will particularly love the stimulating reflections of an Australian-born CEO who unabashedly professes his admiration for the great white shark and expresses the fond wish that his employees would approach learning in the spirit of great whites in a feeding frenzy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why learning is important; and
  • How to promote it in your organization.

About the Authors

Marcia L. Connor is managing director of Ageless Learner, a think tank and advisory service. She is the author of Learn More Now: 10 Simple Steps to Learning Better, Smarter and Faster. James G. Clawson is a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He is the author of Level Three Leadership.



This book's roots stretch to a colloquium held at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in 2002. But it has a long lineage. In the 1980s, Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) was working on issues of learning. Its work inspired the creation...

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