Living Reference Work Entry

Handbook of Human Resources Management

pp 1-9

Date: Latest Version

Training and Qualification: Social Workplace Learning

  • Christiana ScholzAffiliated withCompetence Generation | Christiana Scholz, MA BA Email author 


Increasingly complex competitive situations are forcing companies to implement lasting adaptations and innovations. Technological progress accelerates not only our life and our work but also our learning. At the same time, knowledge is no longer permanent, becoming obsolete relatively quickly. For that reason, it is far from sufficient today to simply acquire a set of skills. Rather, the ability to face new challenges creatively, quickly, and above all professionally moves to the forefront. The focus of all efforts with regard to human resources development must therefore be the attainment of competency objectives derived from the business objectives.

Because of this, companies need professional internal competency management that can create flexible and decentralized conditions and enable individual learning at the workplace, both together with colleagues and also with external experts.

In the future, those responsible for vocational training will have to face these new challenges. But watch out: the future is already here! It is high time to grapple with the learning system of the future, in which collaborative learning and cooperative working merge, and to distill from that the new in-house learning concept.

In the future, organizations that are already working to build up an integrated learning system will surely have an uncatchable lead over companies that hesitate.


Vocational learning Personnel development Competencies Competency development Competency management Social learning Workplace learning Social workplace learning Knowledge management Learning organization