ERIC Number: ED453805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Sustaining Distance Training: Integrating Learning Technologies into the Fabric of the Enterprise. The Jossey-Bass Business & Management Series.
Berge, Zane L., Ed.
This book shows organizations how to move beyond the initial phases of setting up a distance training program to making it a part of the strategic planning process, including infrastructure, budget, staffing, and policy planning. It examines distance training programs in 17 leading-edge for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations, revealing how these organizations have sustained distance training beyond individual or sporadic training events and integrated it across the organization as a strategic tool for meeting business challenges and achieving objectives. Synthesizing these detailed case studies, the book provides a framework that other organizations can use to move beyond project management and turn distance training into a powerful instrument for enterprise-wide strategic planning. Each case summarizes the organizational obstacles encountered as well as the pitfalls and limitations that were overcome in meeting business goals and objectives through distance training. The book is organized into three main areas: distance training helping to meet the challenge of uncommon organizational change; setting the competitive standards through distance training and education; and achieving organizational goals using sustained distance training. Additionally, in an introductory section, the book sets the context of distance training and education and explores various perspectives affecting distance training. The final chapter suggests a few ideas for further research and summarizes the linking processes that managers use to plan and implement sustained distance training. The appendix discusses the case study research methodology used; a glossary is also provided. Includes an index. (Contains 80 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Business, Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Organizational Change, Organizational Development, Organizations (Groups), Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Technology Integration, Training
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