Summary of The Corporate University Handbook

Designing, Managing, and Growing a Successful Program

AMACOM, more...

Buy the book

The Corporate University Handbook book summary
Corporations that need employees to have specific, advanced skills are running their own universities. First lesson: if you want something done right, do it yourself.


8 Overall

8 Applicability

9 Innovation

6 Style


Once upon a time in the halls of academia, being a college graduate was enough. But now, corporations need their employees to have a more intense, ongoing academic and technical education, so they provide it themselves via corporate universities. Mark Allen and other experts from ten corporate universities, academic institutions and consultancies contributed chapters to The Corporate University Handbook, a practical, behind-the-scenes manual about designing and managing a corporate university. The goal goes beyond education: corporate universities must train employees and help corporations excel and prosper. This thorough, yet conversational, examination includes best practices, source notes and programs offered by specific companies including Motorola, Toyota, Sun Microsystems and Charles Schwab, in the U.S. and elsewhere. assigns this insightful book as an authoritative homework seminar for corporate university planners or managers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The policies that influence the planning and design of corporate universities;
  • Why corporate universities must be managed like businesses and
  • How to make your corporate university a partner in fulfilling your company’s goals.


Why Firms Have Corporate Universities
Led by the example of an elite group of top corporations, companies of all sizes are creating and operating corporate universities. Fueled by their leaders’ belief that professional development "does not stop at the end of a training session," these...
Get the key points from this book in less than 10 minutes. Learn more about our products or log in

About the Author

Mark Allen, Ph.D., is the Director of Executive Education at Pepperdine University and a frequent speaker and writer on corporate learning, leadership development and executive education. He previously directed executive education programs at USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

By the same author

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category