ERIC Number: ED411876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
HRD in a Multicultural Workplace: The Need for Lifelong Learning.
Advocating the development of a new vision and strategies for lifelong learning in the multicultural workplace, this paper describes the influences of cultural issues on the human resource development (HRD) interface at a Japanese multinational firm operating in Canada. Following an introduction defining lifelong learning and related terms, background information is provided on the organization, indicating that it has a workforce of approximately 60 and an annual transaction volume of $60 billion (Canadian). The next section describes learning in the workplace, focusing on assessment during recruitment, the orientation program, a guided self-directed learning project required of all employees, and the company's professional development program. This section indicates that an emphasis is placed on workable and practical programs that can be implemented within the context of organizational constraints, such as limited human resource capacity and the very traditional Japanese heritage at the heart of the organization. The next section examines the Japanese and Canadian staff's cultural responses to the learning experiences, perceived gaps in the company between learning needs and learning capacity and initiative, and the interface between the two groups. Finally, recommendations and conclusions are presented, highlighting the need for individually-tailored learning programs that are integrated into as many facets of HRD as possible. Contains 14 references. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Lifelong Learning: Policies, Practices, and Programs; see JC 970 458.