Action Learning

by Steve Roche

Introduction

Action Learning is one of the most important forms of management development to emerge in recent years.

It helps build the relationships that in turn help organisations to improve existing operations and to learn and innovate.

Action Learning is:

  • A method of problem-solving and learning in groups to bring about change for individuals.
  • An approach to learning by doing, in which a committed group meets regularly to support its members in addressing and resolving current problems and issues.
  • A form of structured learning which depends for its success on a well-defined process and skilled facilitation.

This topic explains how and why Action Learning works, how to create and run an Action Learning Set, and how to choose suitable people to participate.

It also explains the benefits to individuals and organisations, and shows how to evaluate those benefits.