Is your learning department innovative? Do you know what
learning’s role in innovation is? To help you better
understand the connection between learning and innovation, ASTD and
i4cp collaborated to study the topic. The resulting report,
Learning to Innovate: Exploring Learning’s Critical
Role in Fostering Innovation, examines the importance of innovation
and the ways learning influences it.
The learning function can and should play a critical role in
developing and sustaining the innovative culture that is the
hallmark of successful organizations. There is little doubt that
organizations of any size or industry need to innovate to remain
successful. That innovation can take many forms, whether it is an
iPhone-like breakthrough or a new spin on an old idea. What matters
is that companies have systems and strategies in place to
encourage, develop, and sustain innovation in every role in the
Leaders may have been unsure in the past what role the learning
function plays in the development of an innovative culture, if any.
Our research demonstrates that learning definitely influences
innovation and the role it plays is perhaps bigger and more
important than previously thought. What matters most, is that
companies have systems and strategies in place to encourage,
develop, and sustain innovation in every role in the organization.
If you would like to learn more about the topic of
learning’s role in innovation, please consider
purchasing this report or downloading the informative whitepaper,
The full report contains deeper analysis of the data collected, as
well as interviews with several learning leaders at a variety of
organizations, which outline their philosophies and strategies for
fostering innovation. All versions of the report are available from
the ASTD Bookstore’s website www.store.astd.org.