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E-Learning in the Corporate University


Journal of European Industrial Training Volume 29, Number 1, ISSN 0309-0590


Purpose: To explore the development of e-learning within the context of corporate universities with the aim of informing the debate on e-learning and establishing key areas of concern for emerging corporate universities. Design/methodology/approach: Three case reviews of large leading edge organizations in different sectors. Findings: Whilst e-learning has potential, its success is significantly limited by context which influences the degree of sophistication and integration of e-learning and its ability to contribute to the corporate university learning processes and outcomes. Research limitations/implications: Further research is required on both the learner experience and in the wider evaluation of learning outcomes beyond simple statistical evaluation of participation. Practical implications: Key areas of difficulty are identified as: the focus on generic e-learning solutions; the barrier imposed by the base technology level of the organization; the overriding concern for ROI at the expense of learner experiences; and the extent to which pedagogical possibilities are not fully exploited. Originality/value: Raises the often overlooked issues of pedagogy and learner response to e-learning as inhibitors to the contribution that e-learning can make to the corporate university.


Homan, G. & Macpherson, A. (2005). E-Learning in the Corporate University. Journal of European Industrial Training, 29(1), 75-90. Retrieved March 26, 2023 from .

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