Creating a Learning Culture

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Monday, May 10, 2010

By Dean L. Gregory Jones

Duke Corporate Education recently interviewed chief learning officers at major corporations in the United States and Europe to understand how the economic downturn had affected the training needs of their employees, including senior leaders. As I studied the findings, I was struck that Duke Divinity School could not have participated in this survey.

We don’t have a chief learning officer. I couldn’t think of a single Christian institution that does.

Why do corporations have them, and we don’t? Yes, we are nonprofit institutions whose very purpose (in the case of seminaries) is education, so everyone is a “learning officer.” Our institutions are usually relatively small, so perhaps we don’t have the funding for a full-time chief learning officer.

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