Plan for Quality and Strategic Learning

  • William J. RothwellEmail author
  • Sandra L. Williams
  • Aileen G. Zaballero


Dwight D. Eisenhower is credited with saying that plans are useless, but planning is essential. His point was that a plan, as a work product, is often not used. But the planning process is essential to encourage people to think about what they need and why they need it. The same point applies to learning and development. In managing a learning and development department, leaders must anticipate, prepare, and be proactive. The planning process for learning, and aligning training to organizational strategic plans, is critically important. This chapter focuses on strategic planning for learning and recommends creating a Learning Blueprint. Accreditation is driven by a quality approach to learning—both in the overall curriculum design and in the planning process to create and build courses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Rothwell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sandra L. Williams
    • 2
  • Aileen G. Zaballero
    • 3
  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Northeastern Illinois UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Rothwell & Associates, LLCState CollegeUSA

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