I subscribe to the digital edition of Chief Learning Officer magazine, as my research interest is e-learning and learning technologies in informal and self-directed learning. An article caught my attention, “What the West Can Learn from India,” particularly the introductory sentence that specified, “The Indian way of doing business puts a premium on learning…”

While the article talks about more than learning, it makes it clear that many companies are focused on employee learning and development. There is a corresponding focus on performance assessment, an area I do not expect to include in my research direction. Of course, this assessment should go hand-in-hand with research on the effectiveness of the formal training that appears prevalent. I do not see reference to informal and self-directed learning and whether it is acknowledged.

The authors, Peter Cappelli, Harbir Singh, Jitendra Singh, and Michael Useem, professors at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, concluded as follows:

“Not all Indian businesses have this approach, and not all Indian business leaders are saints or sages. And these practices are not unique to India. But the extent and consistency with which Indian businesses pursue them is something quite distinctive from which all business leaders can learn.”

If you are associated with business in India, perhaps you can share some of your experiences that might elaborate on the learning opportunities that exist in such companies.

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