The ESRC TLRP has provided funding to carry out a four year investigation into the relationship between workplace learning, the organisation of work, and perfomance. Research is being undertaken in a wide range of public and private sector organisations covering different workplace sizes and a variety of industries. The aim of the project is to use organisational case studies to explore the relationship between learning processes and outcomes (e.g. performance/productivity). In particular, the research is focusing on the ways in which the features of the workplace interact with processes of individual/group learning at work. It will also assess the implications for workplace learning opportunities for employees at all levels. The outcomes of the research will influence and inform employers’ and government thinking in this area.
The project has now been completed and a book entitled Improving Working as Learning will be published by Routledge in 2009. A summary is availabe below for download.