Innovative Learning is Not Enough

  • Claus Elmholdt

Abstract

Major transformations have occurred in work and organization of work since the advent of what is called the post-industrial society (Bell, 1973), and more recently the innovation economy (Saperstein et al., 2002). These transformations have obviously influenced the conditions of workplace learning. The physical exertion, manual dexterity, and endurance of industrial work have been increasingly displaced by knowledge work that requires attentiveness and the ability to analyze problems and make decisions (Stehr, 1994). A fundamental characteristic of the new innovative economy is a market-driven demand for flexibility and change that has put (innovative) learning high on the agenda. Workers must be willing to and able to engage in lifelong learning — flexibility has become a core requirement of workers (Sennett, 1998).

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Welding Europe Metaphor 

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