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“Room for improvement” says

International Survey of Corporate Learning, as Bob Little reports


hanks to corporate learning and leadership development programmes, organisations

benefit from individuals operating at a higher level. What’s more, individuals are armed with competencies, skills and leadership capabilities that can benefit their current and future organisations. Tat’s the view of VanDyck

Silveira, CEO of the FT | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance, a joint venture between the Financial Times and IE Business School. He explains: “We aim to understand what’s most important to C-suite executives and what they look for in corporate learning and leadership development.” Tat led the organisation to

carry out a benchmark survey of some 600 C-suite executives, HR and L&D professionals across Europe in 2016. Tis year, it has broadened the exercise to encompass almost 1,000 executives from Europe, the Middle East, Japan and China. Silveira says, “Te results of our

2017 Corporate Learning Pulse survey reveal that organisations are still find- ing their way when it comes to effec- tively selecting, implementing and then evaluating their corporate learning and leadership development programmes. In particular, the research uncovered four key insights into the mindsets of senior professionals around the globe.”

Key insights

Tese insights are: ``


Learning and leadership development is highly valued, though not highly prioritised.

Addressing talent and man- agement issues are priorities

for senior leaders – continuing the trend identified in 2016.


To date, learning and leadership development programmes haven’t lived up to senior professionals’ expectations – although these professionals are optimistic that future programmes will be worth the investment.

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Although organisations have tried to measure the impact of executive education and leadership develop- ment, they agreed they don’t always succeed, despite this being a priority when choosing appropriate learning programmes for their organisations. “Overall, the survey shows that 

Only 24% of respondents in this year’s survey cite learning and development as a top- three priority for the year

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