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Action learning: bridging academic and workplace domains

Robert L. Dilworth (Assistant Professor of Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. He has been collaborating with universities worldwide on action learning initiatives)

Employee Counselling Today

ISSN: 0955-8217

Article publication date: 1 November 1996


Addresses the need to interrelate academic and workplace domains from the perspective of management development. To address either domain in relative exclusion from the other risks creating a workplace context where learners are able to grasp real‐world problems but lack the underlying academic knowledge to solve them. Outlines how action learning can be used to bridge the two domains and provides actual examples from the USA, Australia and the UK. Provides an overview of action learning as a methodology.



Dilworth, R.L. (1996), "Action learning: bridging academic and workplace domains", Employee Counselling Today, Vol. 8 No. 6, pp. 45-53.




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