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Ready for the future: the four principles of nomadic learning in organizations

An Kramer (Based with the Innovation and Design Team, de Baak, Driebergen, The Netherlands)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 10 May 2013




This essay aims to develop a new concept of learning for organizations. Change concepts are used to explore and find principles of learning that make employees and their organizations ready for the ever changing reality. Considering the rapid and unexpected changes of today it makes them ready for the future of work.


The approach is anticipatory, utilizing a dynamic knowledge development framework, combined with action research in the organization consultancy and training practice.


The article describes theory and practice of four principles of nomadic learning. It shows the connection with change theories and future of work research.

Research limitations/implications

How to realize nomadic learning within organizations and in that way make that organization a learning company is a recommended topic for new research. The consequences for the way of structuring and organizing within organizations should be taken into account.

Practical implications

When nomadic learning is applied it will change the common practice of leadership development and organizational change programs.

Social Implications

Nomadic learning has the capacity to connect people from diverse backgrounds and functions. In that way it can cope with risks of isolation and exclusion.


The combination of philosophic conceptualization and experienced practice makes this article special. This is simultaneously the way to “do” nomadic learning.



Kramer, A. (2013), "Ready for the future: the four principles of nomadic learning in organizations", On the Horizon, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 149-157.



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