In evolutionary terms, the phases of corporate university development can be seen as from trainer to leadership developer, to values and culture communicator and to strategic innovator. Since February 1999, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) has run a Learning Group on Corporate Universities. In general, the corporate university is seen as a strategic development platform that provides the framework for integrated learning. To be effective, organisational learning requires appropriate balances: between discovery and adapting to new knowledge; and between learning alone and learning by comparison.
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