'What's that got to do with making motor cars?' : the influence of corporate culture on 'in-company' degree programmes
Subjectsin-service education and training
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AbstractInterest in the development of the 'learning' organisation and 'lifelong learning' has paralleled renewed concern in what, where and how industrial managers learn. 'In-company' delivery is becoming more common, as is the use of overtly vocational delivery techniques using 'work-based' learning. Delivery of education in-company, using workbased exemplars, whilst offering many benefits, has concomitant risks. Particularly in hierarchical manufacturing organisations with traditional approaches to problem solving, a powerful culture may act to inhibit the educational process, and limit the development of those very capabilities needed in the learning organisation. The recent experience of in-company education of a group of managers from a major UK motor manufacturer is discussed. The difficulties participants faced as students are examined in the light of the prevailing corporate culture, and ways are suggested for minimising these difficulties.
CitationKinman, R., & Kinman, G. (2000). ''What's That Got To Do with Making Motor Cars?'The influence of corporate culture on'in-company'degree programmes' Journal of Education and Work, 13(1), 5-24.
PublisherCarfax Publishing Co.
JournalJournal of Education and Work