Report of the Agile Learning Special Interest Group available

Agile Learning Special Interest Group

The Agile Learning Special Interest Group was formed with the goal of exploring the broader shifts that Learning & Development needs to address in support of transformation and growth.

The rapidly evolving landscape that businesses find themselves competing in today inevitably leads to changes in their strategies, business and operating models, and culture. Learning & Development functions play a pivotal role in supporting people at all levels to continue to survive and thrive in this context and businesses to align skills to strategy. It is in this context that the Agile Learning Special Interest Group was formed with 14 participating companies. Its aim was to explore the broader shifts that Learning & Development needs to address in support of transformation and growth.

Areas of exploration

Four areas were explored. Firstly, the SIG focused on new skills and capabilities that are required for people to succeed today and in the future. A second area related to the need to create and embed a learning culture within organisations and to empower and enable employees to learn and develop when, where and on what they need most. The third area focused on how to leverage agile methodologies within a Learning & Development function. Lastly, the group reflected on the broader, more strategic question related to how the Learning & Development model should evolve and if it should be thought of as a learning ‘enabler’ rather than a learning ‘provider’.

All areas were led by the Group’s members in a series of virtual, synchronous sessions, with content and insights provided by London Business School faculty and industry experts. The SIG’s journey culminated in a Corporate Advisory Seminar where input from a wider EFMD corporate audience was captured.

The Agile Learning SIG’s journey was an unconventional one from multiple perspectives. Disrupted by a pandemic that directly impacted learning and development and facilitated by two different organisations, initially PA Consulting and then, after a relaunch, London Business School, the journey lasted over a year with the group exploring the four focus areas referenced above and inevitably spending time on discussing the impact of the pandemic on the delivery of learning to people.

Given the SIG’s disruption and relaunch, this report is somehow of a fragmentary nature. It provides most interesting insights though into how the pandemic challenged L&D functions and accelerated learning transformation.

Access the report

The report is available at EFMD’s Corporate Digital Library via this link https://corporatelibrary.efmdglobal.org/login/.

EFMD company members can request free access to this library if they have not yet done so. Guests from other companies can ask for temporary access by contacting Marketa Dvorackova.