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Mobile Learning Finally Goes Mainstream

March 24, 2011 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- Bersin & Associates, the premier research and consulting firm empowering HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced that mobile learning finally has gone mainstream, driven by consumers in both the developed and developing worlds, and by mobile- technology oriented industries including high-tech, business services, and healthcare.

Consumers are spearheading the adoption of mobile technologies in the workplace and around  the developing world -- spurred by the explosion of easy-to-use and relatively inexpensive smart phones, eBook readers, netbooks, tablets, and user-friendly applications, according to the research study, m-Learning: Mobile Learning is Finally Going Mainstream – And It Is Bigger Than You Might Think. Use of mobile devices for learning has risen from 9 percent of U.S.-based organizations in 2007 to an estimated 20 percent or more in 2010. More than a quarter of the world's population now uses a mobile device and frequent mobile Internet use has almost doubled in the past year, according to the study. The research report also notes that the informal uses for m-learning vastly outnumber the formal, and that these new applications increasingly empower today's workers to access the information they need on demand.

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Human Resources Organizations Lack Critical Skills for Success in 2011

January 27, 2011 16:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- Bersin & Associates, a world-class research and consulting firm that empowers HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced the launch of new research  that shows many HR organizations lack the skills they need to succeed in 2011.

The study, which included surveys and interviews with more than 720 global organizations, found that overall spending levels, organization structure, and team size have far less impact on business performance than the skills of the HR professionals themselves.  The resulting report, The High-Impact HR Organization: Top 10 Best Practices on the Road to Excellence is a foundational piece of research in Bersin & Associates' new HR Research Practice, which offers benchmarks, tools, case studies, operational frameworks, and proven service models that define best-practice human resources organizations.  

"This research clearly shows that the days of bloated HR organizations focused on administrative tasks are over," said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates. "Lean, technology-enabled, well-trained HR teams are able to take advantage of modern talent practices and partner with business leaders to drive impact."

The research also determined that the decades-old "HR generalist" model is no longer effective unless these individuals are highly trained and connected to senior business leaders.  The key competencies that drive results today are familiarity with integrated talent management, understanding of workforce planning, and comfort with social networking and HR technology.

These findings emerged from a two-year global benchmarking study that looked at 14 talent management and HR effectiveness measures across global businesses.  The measures included a company's ability to source the best talent, hire and onboard top candidates, identify and develop leaders, build a culture of learning, allocate compensation effectively, and drive high performance through coaching and feedback.  

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A Shift to a Borderless Workplace Will Drive New Talent and Learning Strategies in 2011

December 9, 2010 16:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRNewswire) -- Bersin & Associates, a world-class research and consulting firm that empowers HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced that it predicts a shift toward a global, borderless workplace will demand new people strategies for business performance in 2011.  These new strategies include the use of social networking for recruiting, the adoption of informal learning and coaching models, a refocus on specialization and deep skills development, and a change in leadership models to promote innovation and collaboration.

Bersin & Associates delivers the predictions in its new report, Enterprise Learning and Talent Management 2011: Predictions for the Coming Year -- Building the Borderless Workplace. The report provides an annual review of the key business, training and talent management trends, best practices and factors for learning and HR organizations to consider in strategic planning and budgeting for the year ahead.

"Pressured by the globalization of most markets, Human Resource organizations are shifting toward a business focus on innovation, growth and new product development," said Josh Bersin, president and chief executive officer, Bersin & Associates.  The firm's comprehensive research shows that most businesses are going global, learning how to best manage a multigenerational workforce, and suffering skills shortages created by years of lackluster public education and high unemployment.  As a result, Bersin added, "High-performing HR organizations will learn to create a borderless workplace that encourages innovation, expertise, and collaboration by focusing on leadership strategies and programs that enable everyone in a company to become better at what they do."

Bersin research found that 17 percent of all organizations cited "globalization" as one of their top three business strategies in 2010 -- three times the percentage of midyear 2009. With low economic growth in the U.S. and Europe, companies of all sizes are moving people and operations to Japan, India and other developing countries, and building a globalized platform of operations and talent movement. This is forcing HR to globalize learning and development and HR programs, as well as its own operational structure.

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