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Bersin & Associates Expands Research to Encompass Leadership Development

New Research Studies Detail Trends, Case Studies, and Best Practices Corporate Leadership Develpoment and Succession Planning

Oakland, CA – September 20, 2006 – Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm solely focused on enterprise learning and talent management, today announced the expansion of its research practice to encompass corporate leadership development, an area in which companies are spending up to 30% of annual training budgets. New and planned research in this area will address the challenges faced by HR and training executives with responsibility for creating and managing leadership development programs and related talent management initiatives, such as performance management and succession planning.

“Virtually all market sectors are predicting shortages of qualified leaders,” said Josh Bersin, president and founder. “In response, companies around the globe are investing heavily in leadership development, as well as in related areas such as succession planning and talent management. Our expanded research library and advisory services will help organizations design better programs, plan technology investments, implement measurement strategies, and benchmark progress against peers.”

WhatWorks in High-Impact Leadership Development: Essential Components, Best Practices, and Case Studies is one of the new reports just added to the Bersin & Associates research library. The report includes best practices and case studies from companies such as Textron, Alcatel, SaskTel, Goldman Sachs, GlaxoSmithKline, The American Red Cross, and Unisys. The report also details Bersin & Associates’ Leadership Development Maturity Model®, which characterizes the different stages of corporate leadership development initiatives and their associated business benefits. The report was written by analyst Kim Lamoureux, former manager for leadership development and succession planning at Textron.

Other research studies now available include:

  • Blended Learning in Leadership Development: Proven Learning and Delivery Models,” a detailed report on best practices in the use of e-learning and blended delivery models for leadership development.
  • Succession Planning in Leadership Development: How to Build a Leadership Pipeline – the Textron Story, a comprehensive best-practices study of how a large conglomerate uses leadership development and succession planning to build, develop, and improve its global leadership pipeline.
  • A Three-Tiered Approach to Leadership Training: Using Blended Learning to drive Culture and Leadership, a detailed analysis of how Air Products and Chemicals built and deploys its top-to-bottom leadership development program.
  • Blended Learning at CNA Insurance: A Best-Practices Look at High-Impact Blended Learning for Leadership and Management Training, a detailed review of CNA’s leadership development offerings and platform for nationwide management development.

Bersin & Associates’ research library also includes extensive research into related areas such as performance management, learning management systems, rapid learning, learning on demand, organizational effectiveness, and measurements. Research members have unlimited access to all research resources, including the newest reports on leadership development.

“To put it simply, leadership development is a strategic imperative,” said Deborah Guydish, vice president of learning and development for Mellon Financial. “We recognized this early on and spent considerable effort in identifying leadership competencies, creating effective programs and gaining executive-level support. Objective research, trend analysis and real-world examples help us gain further insight into this critical area.”

To obtain a detailed description of the Leadership Development Maturity Model, go to For more information on Bersin & Associates research, workshops, and services, go to or contact Mike Cooke at or 561.819.6213.

About Bersin & Associates
Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory firm solely focused on corporate-learning with a comprehensive research program targeted to the needs of learning and HR professionals and executives. In 2001, Bersin & Associates introduced the What Works series, primary research that offers learning and HR practitioners factual and practical insight that can improve program effectiveness and results, reduce costs, and avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes. The company specializes in six research areas: planning and strategy, blended learning, content development, learning management systems and infrastructure, measurement and analytics, and talent management. The company develops industry-leading research studies and provides advisory services to corporations and solution providers. For more information, go to or call (561) 819-6213.

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