2nd Edition

The Wisdom of Strategic Learning
The Self Managed Learning Solution

ISBN 9781138245853
Published July 18, 2017 by Routledge
320 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

The Wisdom of Strategic Learning has enabled many organizations to develop a strategic approach to learning and development. Its premise that learning must be integrated with the strategic direction of the organization has been validated by numerous successful businesses which have implemented its tried and tested approaches. This second edition of Ian Cunningham's book updates and expands material on the importance of the self managed learning approach to create focused, active and committed employees. A new chapter on the role and development of staff in SML programmes has been added, along with new appendices, for example on selling the approach. With new case material including the use of online groups on the Internet, this practical, thought-provoking book shows how the ideas behind the learning organization can be applied for strategic advantage.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part One Introduction: Introduction: some basics. Part Two Big Picture: Strategic learning; A learning business. Part Three Good Learning: Capability and wisdom; Holism. Part Four Self Managed Learning: Principles; Strategy and designs; Tactics and practice. Part Five Practice: Roles in learning and change; Developmental roles in practice; The learner in context; Conclusions and directions. Appendix I Research into SML; Appendix II Selling SML; Appendix III The Fielding Institute MA; Index.

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Ian Cunningham is Chair of Strategic Developments International Limited and the Centre for Self Managed Learning Limited. He is also on the Adjunct Faculty of the Fielding Institute in California and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University. Ian works with organizations worldwide in areas such as team and people development, and large scale organizational change.


'... this practical, thought-provoking book shows how the ideas behind the learning organization can be applied for strategic advantage.' Business Strategy Information 'Ian Cunningham's superb book ... is available again to his many fans, among whom I number myself ... for those committed to building a library of core books on development this is the one to include in it.' Organisations and People '... fascinating and apposite text ... a great way to energise people, to inspire and motivate them for the good of the organisation. The research base is significant and adds credence to his conclusions ... I believe you will find it compelling. It is a book which I would recommend highly to Human Resource and Staff Development managers. Equally, tutors intent on understanding different ways of learning and working with students, will find it relevant. Journal of the National Association for Staff Development 'A detailed manual for strategic and self-directed learning that places learning in the centre of business strategy' Bookwatch Newsletter