1st Edition

Learning in Organizations
An Evidence-Based Approach

ISBN 9780367201890
Published November 26, 2020 by Routledge
358 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Learning in Organizations: An Evidence-Based Approach examines the variety of systematic approaches and strategies for learning and development used in the workplace through the implementation of formal training, guided instruction, developmental job experiences, and self-directed learning.

The hallmark of Learning in Organizations is an emphasis on research evidence of what is and is not known about learning and learning strategies and the translation of that evidence to guide best practices in workplace learning and development. The book features evidence on learning principles, new learning technologies, and strategies for developing individual, team, and leadership capabilities. The content of the chapters is enhanced by the inclusion of key learning goals for each chapter, case studies, chapter summaries, best practice recommendations, and a hands-on project for use in the classroom.

Learning in Organizations provides researchers with a detailed investigation of learning practices to help drive future research. For learning practitioners, research evidence is translated into best practices that can be applied to enhance workplace learning and development. For undergraduate and graduate students, the book provides an up-to-date review of the key concepts and ways of thinking about and studying learning in the workplace.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations  1. The Learning Enterprise  2. Learning about Learning  Part 2: A Systematic Approach  3. Assessing Learning Needs  4. Designing a Learning Plan  5. Learning Transfer  6. Evaluation and Continuous Improvement  7. Instructional Approaches and Learning Technologies  Part 3: Learning Strategies  8. Building Individual Capabilities  9. Team Learning and Development  10. Developing Leaders  11. Organizational and Societal Issues

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J. Kevin Ford is Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. He has published over 100 articles, chapters and books and is a consultant on individual, team and organizational development. Dr. Ford is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


  "Teaching training and employee development to MBA students is a challenge made even harder by the need for a concise text that balances science and practice, and formal training and informal learning. Now that Professor Ford has written this book, I’m looking forward to my next class."Kenneth G. Brown, University of Iowa, USA

"A great book about training has to focus first on learning. Learning in Organizations: An Evidence-Based Approach delivers from the first word. Kevin Ford blends research and application in a way that should inspire effective practice, research, and becoming a better learner." —Kurt Kraiger, University of Memphis, USA

"An amazing book written by one of the world's leading authorities on learning and training in organizations...a must read for sure."Steven Rogelberg, UNC Charlotte, USA

"What a timely gem and gift to the field of learning in organizations! If you want to know about the science behind learning in organizations—this is THE book. If you want to know about evidence-based learning practices in organizations—this is THE book. A must-read (and must-have) resource for students, scholars and practitioners in the learning and talent development space. Bravo!" Eduardo Salas, Rice University, USA

"This book by Kevin Ford, a well-respected scholar, offers a systematic, evidence-based perspective on learning and training, along with practical, research-tested advice for promoting learning in organizations." —Scott Tannenbaum, President of The Group for Organizational Effectiveness, USA