Learning and Development for Managers: Perspectives from Research and Practice

Learning and Development for Managers: Perspectives from Research and Practice
Author: Eugene Sadler-Smith
Price: £29.99
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Pages: 470
ISBN: 1405129824

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This is a very solid, detailed work that explores the concept of learning and development (L&D) from several perspectives. Its central argument is that the practice of learning and development should be based on a rigorous theoretical and empirical base. Each chapter uses synopses of research models and case studies from business to illustrate significant theories, concepts and models.

The book is fairly academic in tone and content, which befits its intended audience – students on management and organisational learning programmes. However, it would also be a useful addition to the shelf of any L&D practitioner.

Many of the concepts and models described in the concept checklists are familiar to the experienced L&D manager, but several are more esoteric, such as episodic LTM (long-term memory) and semantic LTM, so it’s useful to have the definitions all in one place.

It is interesting to dip into the highlighted boxes for L&D facts and figures, which could impress your boss if inserted into a discussion at the right moment.

Useful? 4 out of 5

Well-written? 4 out of 5

Practical? 3 out of 5

Inspirational? 3 out of 5

Value for money? 4 out of 5

Overall 4 out of 5

Reviewed by Alyson Burn, talent management consultant

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