The consulting industry is currently undergoing a radical change. Traditional strategy, restructuring, and implementation consulting agencies are more and more under pressure. The causes are manifold and can be anything from not meeting client requirements to new scientific findings and easier access to current knowledge via the internet. Alternative consulting approaches are focusing on the traditional consulting model’s weaknesses and become more and more important. We summarized four reasons for a reorientation of traditional consulting agencies.
We have already arrived there. Long lost are the days where achievement, wealth, and position relied solely on an individual, or entity’s, capacity to rival against another to obtain the optimum available resources for themselves. Such an orientation primarily defined material success in the industrial and post-industrial eras and had its remnants extended into the beginning of the 21st century. It served its purpose in the frame of reference of the predominant capitalist’s value-system that prevailed in societies. But as we already entered the knowledge economy, recognized by its rapid technological advances, globalization, and extended communications networking and infrastructure, we cannot help to become increasingly aware of rapidly changing trends that kick dust in the eyes of the rat-race that once was.
Exchanging knowledge is a great way to learn from and with other people, generate innovative ideas and solve complex problems. In addition, we all bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience with us that can add tremendous value to each and every member of a team or group that participates in knowledge exchange sessions. However, the benefit of structured knowledge exchange sessions goes far beyond that. We are all human beings and thus it is also a great deal of fun meeting other people, sharing knowledge and enjoying the time while learning from each other.
The availability of technology, scientific progress and economic development are the key drivers from the 20 century industrial towards the 21st century knowledge society. We can already experience the consequences of this transitions in many areas of our life. One of those areas which will dramatically gain relevance in the future is individual and organisational learning. We at CQ Net even thing that learning understood as a process (Hager 2004) will be the very foundation of growth and progress in the future. Putting ourselves into the shoes of a knowledge worker, we will explore the shortcomings of the current way of learning and outline a scenario for a 21st century learning approach.
Based on recent academic literature, this report will argue that contemporary trends in e-learning respond, mostly, to an evolutionary process occurring in organisational Learning and Development. This relatively new methodology of training seems to have emerged from the need of finding cost-effective practices informed by cognitive theories that may offered reassurance for their return of investment.