Special Interest Group on Learning Business Partner

Corporate L&D organisations are increasingly urged to demonstrate and improve the business case for total learning investment by the firm in an environment where resources are limited. This becomes an even bigger challenge in multinational firms where business lines interfere with geographies and in which a corporate L&D organisation frequently acts alongside local L&D providers. Silo thinking and duplications are often the result and internal clients have no single partner for learning. Which business model is needed to successfully respond to this challenge? How to align the different departments and initiatives to channel investments into key capabilities needed to drive top and bottom line impact? How to form a functionally integrated team of learning professionals collaboratively acting as single, strategic partner to the business?

Learning Business Partner, Performance Consultants, Learning Advisor … are only a few of the roles created in these emerging models to ensure optimal learning solutions are contracted, designed and deployed based on a sound understanding of the client's business challenges and priorities while optimising learning spend across the firm. L&D professionals capable of establishing and maintaining a trustful relationship with business executives, with the ability and courage to challenge assumptions are instrumental to the strategic alignment and impact of learning. Developing learning professionals to sparring partners to the business is a challenge many L&D organisations are facing these days.

The EFMD LEARNING BUSINESS PARTNER (LBP) SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG) initiative has been launched in 2010-2011 in response to these identified needs and as part of the EFMD’s new ‘Excellence in Corporate Learning’ strategy. The SIG brought together: Allianz, Capgemini, DuPont, Eli Lilly, EnBw, Pon, SEB, Siemens, STMicroelectronics and Syngenta. This peer group worked on key issues in deploying a Learning Business Partner organization and to develop solutions that participants can implement in their own context. The SIG will identify the key levers, tools and solutions that can help to build or improve Learning Business Partner capability in the field of management, talent, workforce and/or organisation development.

The Final Report is now available to EFMD members. For further information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.