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Learning and Development trends in the Netherlands: Investigations in Dutch based multinationals

Ströer, Marina (2015) Learning and Development trends in the Netherlands: Investigations in Dutch based multinationals.

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Abstract:This research study is aimed at exploring and identifying current HRD (Human Resource Development) trends in multinationals based in the Netherlands and finding similarities and differences in spending on HRD activities between Dutch based multinational organizations and organization in the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). A list of trends resulting from the literature was discussed with a group of Learning and Development experts and subsequently an adjusted list of trends was presented to practitioners from Dutch based multinational organizations. By means of a survey and interviews, participants were asked to outline their vision as to the recognition and importance of the identified HRD trends for their own organization. Qualitative data was analysed using content analysis, quantitative data was analysed using descriptive statistics. This study reveals new insights in trend drivers and confirms most drivers that were identified in the literature. Furthermore, results show that Dutch based multinationals recognize and practice eight HRD trends. Most popular trends are Strategic talent management becomes essential and The workplace becomes the learning environment. However Learning focusses on increasing business results is rated among the most important trends, but not yet recognized as much as it is important. Results of the comparison to US and UK based organizations revealed mostly similarities. It stands out that the UK has significantly more L&D (Learning & Development) staff per learner than Dutch and US based organizations.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Deloitte, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:79 andragology, 81 education, teaching, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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