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Learning in Organizations

Complexities and Diversities, 1st Edition

By Peter J Smith, Eugene Sadler-Smith


256 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Taking a fresh and innovative approach to the complexities and challenges inherent in organizational learning diversity, the authors show that there are no generic solutions. They argue there is no 'best way' of planning, organizing and implementing learning in relation to the workplace and instead provide context-specific solutions to the dilemmas and issues that diversities present.

With an international approach, grounded in theory and incorporating strong practical examples, this book is essential reading for all those studying, teaching or practising human resource development, human resource management or professional education.


'I found the text by Smith and Sadler-Smith extremely refreshing as it combines strong elements of academic research with an obvious underlying understanding of the realities in practice. This book tackles some complex concepts, its style is thought provoking and I found it quite enlightening. Regardless if you are an academic or practitioner, there is something in this book that will stir your thought processes.' - George Taylor, Training Manager, Rohm and Haas, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Designing Learning in Complex Environments 2. Diversities in Organisational Contexts 3. Diversities in Learning Contexts 4. Diversities in Learning Orientation 5. Diversities Amongst Learners 6. Diversities in Learning Methods 7. Diversities in Learning Supports 8. Responding to Diversity Through Flexibility 9. The Reflective HRD Practitioner: Bringing it Together

About the Authors

Peter Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Deakin University in Australia. He has a strong practitioner and research interest in industry training, flexible learning, and distance education.

Eugene Sadler-Smith is Professor of Management Development and Organizational Behaviour at the University of Surrey, UK. His research interests include cognitive styles and learning styles, intuition in management, continuous professional development and management development in SMEs.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior