Corporate universities: a catalyst for strategic human resource development?

Published on Jan 1, 2006in Journal of European Industrial Training
· DOI :10.1108/03090590610643851
Peter Holland20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Monash University, Clayton campus),
Amanda Pyman11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Monash University, Clayton campus)
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Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the extent to which the concept of the corporate university is emerging as a simple re‐labelling of the functional training area or a key strategic platform in developing organisational competitive advantage.Design/methodology/approach – A case study approach was taken to provide an in‐depth understanding of the development of a corporate university. Interviews with key informants and background/archival information was used to explore the focus of the corporate university. A typology developed by Taylor and Paton in 2001, was used to analyse the role and integration of the corporate university within the case study organisation.Findings – The research indicates that the development of the corporate university within the case study organisation has focused resources to strategically develop their human capital and is clearly linked to the strategic objectives of the organisation to enhance competitive advantage.Research limitations/implications – The rese...
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