Training must shift from classroom to workplace, summit hears

Jul 06, 2012


The Talent Management Summit 2012 – Next Generation of Leaders brought together human resources experts across industry to discuss how businesses can ensure the right executive talent is in place to survive the current downturn.
A range of panels focusing on repositioning HR, strategic workforce planning and the critical role of executives found that on-going, flexible training can play a key role in ensuring top management learns how to provide the leadership necessary for a business to excel in challenging times.
The summit, organised by Economist conferences and sponsored by the Open University Business School, features also discussed unlocking the leadership potential of businesswomen, the shortage of brokerage skills in the current business environment and leadership styles in new markets.
Rebecca Taylor (pictured), Dean of the Open University Business School, said: “Investment in business education has never been more vital. The higher education sector is seeing a major shift from traditional classroom-based programmes to programmes that integrate management learning into the workplace."
The OUBS practice-based learning model meant that MBA students took their new skills straight into the workplace, she added.
“Our students really value doing an MBA with the OU because they are able to combine work and study, which is different than the MBA offering from some other business schools."
The Summit featured presentatiuons from leading executives including Marks & Spencer HR director Tanith Dodge; Richard Evans, CEO of PepsiCo UK & Ireland; Liane Hornsey, vice president people operations at internet giant Google; insurance company Aviva’s director for global HR strategy Carole Jones; Burnet Tucker, Bank of America’s chief learning officer.
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