Programme and Conference Theme:
Configuring Enterprises as Spaces for Learning: Possibilities, Risks and Limits
Enterprises are crucial places and spaces for learning at work. They offer certain chances and possibilities to learn. On the one hand, progressive enterprises make different resources (money, time, mentors, learning circles, staff, etc.) available for their employees and configure themselves as learning organizations. On the other hand, rather ignorant CEOs and firms are not very interested in the learning of their employees and do little to support learning at the workplace. Overall, the workplace can be a space for learning a lot, but also a place for losing skills and becoming frustrated and no more interested in learning anything beyond daily routines and experiences. The risks are high that mainly higher levels of the hierarchies in enterprise have access to enriched learning environments, whereas employees on the normal shop floor level have to cope with neo-tayloristic HRM strategies...