The current economic climate demands that every corporate function work in the most cost-effective way possible. Over the last decade or so, one of the primary ways that functions such as manufacturing, supply chain, sales and finance have increased their contribution to meeting corporate strategic goals has been through the use of technology. Industrial robots and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, world-wide networks of suppliers and online bidding for contracts, customer relationship management (CRM) software, and sophisticated financial software have been used to make people more productive and save money and time. Technology can have a similar effect on the corporate learning organization. Yet, according to the data collected by Corporate University Xchange (CorpU) in its 9th Annual Benchmarking survey (the CorpU survey), many learning organizations have not made the investments necessary to benefit from improvements in tactical activities like tracking courses, in virtual tools that provide distance learning for geographically disparate participants, or in tools that enhance the learning organization’s ability to link learning to corporate needs.
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