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Training & Development Books


Can anyone suggest a good book or reference regarding training & Development and setting up a strategy for a new department?
jayne williams

4 Responses

  1. A couple of suggestions
    The CIPD run a course on T&D stragegy and it is run by Andrew Mayo – he also has a book called ‘Creating and Training and Development Strategy’.

    As to the approach you take in your strategy, you might like to review ‘Performance Consulting – Moving Beyond Training’. It has excellent suggestions on identifying business needs and the role the T&D team play.

    ‘The Learning Organisation’ by Bob Garratt is also insightfull and gives one things to think about when identifying a strategy.

    Hope this helps

  2. Training Interventions
    Hi Jayne
    I would recommend a book called
    “Training Interventions: Promoting Learning Opportunities” by 
    Margaret Anne Reid and Harry Barrington. It’s specifically written for training organisers and does tell you all you need to know.
    Good luck

  3. Structural Knowledge Auditing

    I don’t have a book to recommend but you may like to know that the Applied Knowledge Research Institute’s website contains a wealth of research material on the analysis and management of knowledge within busineses. Much of this work is directly relevant to the identification of knowledge requirements in the development of new business activities. Their website address is

    You may also be interested to know that we are running a free seminar in conjunction with AKRI on the technique of Structural Knowledge Auditing. This is a management process which leads to the production of a visible map of knowledge and can be used to determine detailed training requirements. You can find out more by visiting our web site at

    Good luck with your search.

    Best wishes

    Steve Davison

  4. Training Strategy and Practice
    Hi Jayne,

    I can highly recommend ‘Toward a More Organizationally Effective Training Strategy & Practice’ by Camp, Blanchard and Huszczo. It is one of those books that gives an A-Z of of what to think about, plan and then implement, and is based on what actually happens versus ‘in theory’.

    It has stood me in great stead for the last 6 training functions, teams and way too numerous strategies I have designed and implemented.

    Kind regards


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