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Corporate Learning Priorities 2018

The 2018 Pulse Report from FT │ IE Corporate Learning Alliance assesses changing attitudes to leadership development and executive education



Wednesday 26 September 2018

 

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This year’s Pulse Report surveyed over 1,000 C-suite executives, senior managers and HR/L&D professionals in large and medium sized companies across 13 countries, to discover their current business priorities and assess the role leadership development and executive education is playing in addressing these priorities.

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Click here to download the 2018 CORPORATE LEARNING PULSE REPORT

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“We are seeing a profound change in companies’ concerns,” says Gustaf Nordbäck, CEO of FT│IE Corporate Learning Alliance. “Rather than seeking to invest in skills development for its own sake, they are exhibiting a change of mindset – wanting to prepare their leaders to meet the specific challenges facing modern business.”

Some key findings from the report:

  • An increased focus on digital issues – with cybersecurity moving from 26% in 2017 to 45% in 2018 as the top issue globally and digital transformation coming second at 35%
  • Concern over geopolitical issues increased from 8% in 2017 to 18% in 2018
  • In the UK the top issue in 2018 was in-market growth, at 45%
  • Executive development is the fourth highest priority globally, with 32% naming it as vital in achieving organizational goals.
    • The survey revealed an appetite for executive education providers to offer new ways to help face new business challenges
    • While 41% of senior managers said their executive education could be improved, better aligning it with organizations’ goals
    • In UK satisfaction with corporate learning programs was up from 43% to 54% (in line with other European markets)
    • There was a significant increase in the number of organizations that have tried to directly measure the impact of executive development initiatives on their revenues and profit margins – in the UK this was up from 48% in 2017 to 59% in 2018.

While senior leaders see creating a positive impact on organizational change as the key role of executive education there is also a strong focus on developing people and nurturing talent.

The latest Pulse Report offers an accurate snapshot of how the dynamics between business priorities and executive development are playing out globally and a valuable benchmark for L&D professionals  developing executive development strategies to meet their organizational priorities.  

A video summary of the 2018 Corporate Learning Pulse report findings can be viewed, and the 2018 report can be downloaded, from: http://go.ftiecla.com/pulse2018   

 


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