ERIC Number: ED417327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Paradigms in the Industrial Workplace--Implications for Secondary and Post-secondary Institutions.
Fusch, Gene E.
Since the 1980s, enterprises have experienced massive organizational changes influenced by introduction of and rapid advancements in new technologies, new organizational structures, and new organizational management methods. From Becker's theory of a sequential relationship between education and training to competence in knowledge and skills to productivity and earnings, formal and informal education and training are becoming an intrinsic feature of ongoing technological and organizational change in many enterprises. In addition to workplace human resource development, enterprises are looking for new knowledge and skills in entry-level employees. Amid these educational and training challenges, many enterprises are developing learning environments and striving for continual improvement intrinsic to the learning organization. Implications of the learning organization for the enterprise are as follows: it promotes a strategy for continual improvement in quality of thinking, capacity for reflection and team learning, and ability to develop a shared vision and understanding of complex industry issues. Other Western enterprises have adapted Japanese methods, such as just-in-time production. National lifelong learning initiatives may actually be training policies intended to improve economies. Since postsecondary institutions are in a position to meet training needs of the rapidly changing workplace, education and training policy should encourage close connections between institutions and enterprises. (Contains 24 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Change Strategies, Employer Employee Relationship, Industry, Informal Education, Inplant Programs, Labor Force Development, Lifelong Learning, Organizational Change, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Technological Advancement, Total Quality Management
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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