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New Bersin & Associates Report, Learning Leaders 2008: Lessons from the Best, Profiles the Business Impact of Learning

Complimentary research report provides in-depth look at best practices for employee learning and development in 26 organizations including Luxottica Retail, Vestas Wind Systems, United States Air Force, Cisco and Boeing

Oakland, CAMarch 5, 2009 -- Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm focused on enterprise learning and talent management, today announced the availability of the report, Learning Leaders™ 2008: Lessons from the Best. The complimentary, 135-page report is a detailed look at the winners of the 2008 Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders Program, which recognizes organizations with effective and efficient approaches to employee learning and development resulting in significant business improvement. 

Click here to download a complimentary copy of the report.

Learning Leaders 2008: Lessons from the Best profiles each of the 26 winning organizations. For example, the report details how Vestas Wind Systems, a 20,000+ employee global company that is the world’s leading supplier of modern energy solutions, uses e-learning for global onboarding; how Booz Allen Hamilton, named one of Fortune’s “100 best companies to work for” for the fifth year, combines all talent related functions into a single portal; and how Sun Microsystems, a global technology leader with more than 30,000 employees worldwide, fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing among sales people through a YouTube-like portal.

Other companies profiled include: Beers + Cutler, Boeing, CA, Textron, Freeman, Telstra, The United States Air Force, KPMG LLP, Luxottica Retail, Cisco and learning solution providers Allen Communication Learning Services, Brainshark, InnerWorkings, Kognito Interactive, Mzinga, NIIT, PDI Ninth House, Richardson, Saba and Suddenly Smart. 

In addition, the report includes an introduction by Josh Bersin about the common elements among the winners for driving success in these difficult economic times and observations from Bersin & Associates’ judges gathered during the review process. 

Bersin & Associates is planning a series of activities highlighting the best practices of the 2008 winners. At the company’s annual research conference, IMPACT 2009: The Business of Talent®,  Josh Bersin will moderate the session, The Best of the Best in Enterprise Learning, with participating executives from these 2008 Learning Leaders:  Boeing, Vestas Wind Systems, Freeman, Beers + Cutler and Sun Microsystems. The speakers will share their insights and best practices for creating learning organizations that are innovative, embrace web 2.0 and collaborative learning, and support strategic business and talent goals. 

Also at IMPACT 2009, Helle Bay, senior vice president of business performance, people, and culture for Vestas Wind Systems, and Lee Ann Timreck, principal with Booz Allen Hamilton and a key contributor to the organization’s talent management strategy, will appear in the keynote panel, Talent Management as a Business Strategy: Perspectives from the Top. IMPACT 2009 is scheduled for April 14-16 in St. Petersburg, FL.

In addition, Leighanne Levensaler, director of talent management research, and Dr. Karie Willyerd, CLO of  Sun Microsystems, will present the April 30th webinar, Managing Learning as a Profit Center. They will discuss Sun’s learning services organization and how it serves employees, customers, partners and the community using technology, centralizing services and off-shoring. Click here to register.

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About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory firm focused solely on research in enterprise learning and talent management. The company’s WhatWorks® research and research-based services are designed to deliver actionable and practical guidance and to improve operational effectiveness and business impact.

Bersin & Associates research members gain access to a comprehensive library of best practices, case studies, benchmarks, and in-depth market analyses designed to assist professionals in making fast and confident decisions.  Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, talent acquisition, leadership development, technology and infrastructure, and measurement and analytics. Member benefits include strategic advisory services, briefings, forums, analyst interaction, and workshops.  

Bersin & Associates is the host of the industry’s only annual research conference on enterprise learning and talent management. IMPACT 2009: The Business of Talent® will be held April 14-16, 2009, in St Petersburg, Florida.
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