Identifying Obstacles for Enterprise Learning

I recently read a study by Human Capital Media AdvisoryGroup on the role of Enterprise Learning in fostering Organizational Agility. This study was sponsored by Saba and you can download the report here. What drew my attention was the reasons that were identified as obstacles for the enterprise learning function to fulfill its charter in creating an agile organization or an organization that can move at the speed of opportunity (Check out this podcast).

Here are the reasons provided (in random order).

1. Business agility is not currently a strategic priority(wondering who can afford to say this!)

2. Learning strategy is not aligned with business objectives

3. Lack of senior management support

4. Lack of understanding of intellectual capital and knowledge assets

5. IT infrastructure is inflexible and inconsistent across the company

6. The learning function is not seen as a strategic enabler for the business

7. Culture is risk-averse and slow to adopt innovation

8. Lack of budget flexibility

9. Difficulty in measuring the business impact of learning

10. Necessary information resides in silos

11. Decision-making can take too long

12. Conflicting goals/priorities of different departments

13. Difficulty complying with and staying up on changing regulations/standards

Phew! that’s almost the complete list of reasons why new learning and development projects get shelved.

Srinivas Krishnaswamy


I love to read and share thoughts on technology, enterprise learning, mobile and any thing cool that impacts enterprises.

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