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November 21, 2018 - No Comments!

Self-paced learning – Priorities, strengths and challenges: notes from the frontiers of adoption

Self-pacedLearning mode is on the cusp of disruption.
The way we learn is undergoing a significant shift. The gradual yet definitive adoption of self-paced learning interventions signals a recast in the way that content is designed and disseminated, in tune with the aspirations of the modern, connected learner.

To understand this phenomenon more, we spoke with and surveyed the first movers in the world of self-paced learning. The insights from this study are split into two parts:
Part I: Learning strategy fit and decision-making criteria
Part II: Roll-out, adoption and future-focus

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November 12, 2018 - No Comments!

A brave new world: Are market leaders ready to win in the digital age?

A brave new world: Are market leaders ready to win in the digital age?

If there’s one thing that global technology giants Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google have in common, it’s that they got their digital strategy right early on. Enabled by billions of connected people and powered by exponential technologies such as AI, robotics, and IoT, the transformation stemming from this revolution is unlike any seen before. And yet, the disruptive impact of digital transformation is being felt by companies across different industries, not just in technology. Companies like Amazon are emulating the success of their digital disruption in one industry to expand to other spaces, building on their deep data-backed knowledge of consumer preferences to do so. For this reason, business leaders and companies have to develop and execute strategies that will enable them to win in today’s increasingly digital age. Rajiv Jayaraman, Founder and CEO of KNOLSKAPE, and Subramanian Kalpathi, Senior Director at KNOLSKAPE, spell out why a sound digital transformation strategy is key for companies, new and old, to thrive in today’s brave new digital world.

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November 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Digital Checkbook

Around seven years ago, Netscape founder and venture capitalist Marc Andreesen famously said, “Software is eating the world.” Today, we can see that his prediction has come true. The top 5 publicly traded companies by market capitalization are all software companies—Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. These companies have leveraged digital technologies to disrupt numerous industries and displace many companies from their pedestals. According to Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme, “Digital is the main reason just over half of the companies on the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the year 2000.”

One of the business realities in the digital age is that organizations have become increasingly boundary-less. Uber has more than a million drivers across the world, but not one of them is on their payroll. Airbnb delivers great accommodation experience for travellers across the world, but not one of the rooms it offers is theirs. In essence, these organizations operate in a boundary-less fashion, leveraging assets and people outside their organization to deliver value to the customer. Furthermore, there is a marked shift in the labour market towards freelancing, a trend now called the “gig economy”. According to a 2015 Intuit study, 43% of the US workforce will be freelancing by 2020. This fundamentally alters how leaders need to think about organizational boundaries.

To read more, you can download the full ebook by submitting the form in the right section.

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September 24, 2018 - No Comments!

Ears to the Ground – Insights from KNOLSKAPE’s Digital Readiness Survey for APAC region

Pierre Nanterme, CEO of Accenture Global famously said, “Digital is the main reason just over half of the companies on the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the year 2000.” The Digital Age is upon us and has brought with it a tsunami of change that is affecting almost every sector. Where do reigning industry leaders stand in defining their digital strategy, infusing digital capabilities into their organizations and setting up a culture that is conducive for the digital era?

These are the questions we set out to answer in the KNOLSKAPE Digital Maturity Study. Through a combination of primary and secondary research, this report delves into the digital readiness of organizations, small and large, across three crucial elements of Digital: Strategy, Capabilities, and Culture.

Some key findings from the report:

  • About 64% of leaders surveyed believe their mission / vision / strategy is aligned with the digital world.
  •  About 36% of organizations have teams accountable for crafting employee experience or employee journeys.
  •  About 41% of leaders believe their organizational structures and processes promote cross-functional collaboration to bust silos.

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September 18, 2018 - No Comments!

Interview Series: Digital Experts & Thought Leaders

 

Mr. Surampudi Sivakumar serves as Group Head of Agri and IT Businesses at ITC. Thee-Choupal initiative was developed and executed under Sivakumar’s leadership of the Agri Business Division. Topper of the Class of 1983 from the Institute of Rural Management Anand, (IRMA), Sivakumar worked with a farmers’ cooperative for six years before joining ITC in 1989.

Sivakumar is also Vice Chairman of ITC Infotech India Limited and its subsidiaries in the UK and USA, Chairman of the National Agricultural Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, and a member on the Board of Governors of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).

Among other organizations. Sivakumar has served on the Boards of India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), and Indo US Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture, the Private Sector Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and UN Global Compact’s Core Advisory Group to develop Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles.

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September 18, 2018 - No Comments!

Bridging the Outcome Gap: Aligning Learning Needs with Business Requirements

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The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 left organizations reeling, and the repercussions of the downturn are still felt almost a decade later. Discretionary spending was all but cut-off, and the mantra of “do more with less” is followed even today by many. As a result, over the last decade, the learning and development function has not always been viewed as a strategic entity by the business.

With the turn of the global business landscape, however, business leaders are realizing that they need to strategically invest in the L&D function, to optimize their workforce for present and future roles. KNOLSKAPE’s latest study – ‘Bridging the Outcome Gap’ presents our findings on organizations’ current learning strategy and implementation process, across four crucial elements for aligning learning needs to business requirements:

  1. Learning strategy & leadership buy-in
  2. Link to performance goals
  3. L&D team capabilities, and
  4. Learning methodology and ROI measurement.

Some key findings from the report:

  1. While 78% of leaders surveyed believe that their L&D plan is in line with their business strategy, only 65% believe that their learning strategy is responsive to changes in the external environment.
  2. Only 59% of the leaders surveyed feel that learning interventions at their organization help employees fulfill their current KPIs.
  3. While 67% of respondents agree their L&D team can anticipate the training that may be required to meet the future demands of the business, only 40% Of respondents feel the L&D team has done a SWOT analysis of their business model.

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July 25, 2018 - No Comments!

Interview Series: Digital Experts & Thought Leaders

Interview Series: Digital Experts & Thought Leaders - Jasper Tan

Jasper Tan Kai Loon is the Head of Human Resource at JAPFA Ltd., Singapore and is responsible for human resource management, policy governance and administration.

Prior to joining JAPFA, Mr. Tan was employed by the Singapore Ministry of Defense from 1998 to 2012. He has held various positions including Head of the Singapore Armed Forces Careers Centre and Head of MINDEF Scholarship Centre. He was appointed as the Head of the Human Resource Department of the Ministry of Defense in 2009 and was responsible for all human resource matters for all non-uniformed personnel of the Ministry of Defense and Singapore Armed Forces.

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July 19, 2018 - No Comments!

Interview Series: Digital Experts & Thought Leaders

 

Interview Series: Digital Experts & Thought Leaders - Nitin Prasad

Nitin Prasad is the current and youngest Chairman of Shell India. An electrical engineer from Georgia Institute of Technology, US, and a management graduate from INSEAD, Prasad has a proven track record of managing large diverse global teams, developing and implementing strategy, innovating and leading change across cross-functional and multi-jurisdictional roles with special expertise in change management and successful turnarounds in Asian markets.

Prior to this, he was the cluster general manager for lubricants sales and marketing for India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and has been instrumental in turning around lubricants business in India. His previous roles in Shell include chemicals where he was GM for APME supply chain and senior advisor on downstream strategy.

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July 16, 2018 - No Comments!

Ears to the Ground – Insights from KNOLSKAPE’s Digital Readiness Survey for India region

Pierre Nanterme, CEO of Accenture Global famously said, “Digital is the main reason just over half of the companies on the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the year 2000.” The Digital Age is upon us and has brought with it a tsunami of change that is affecting almost every sector. Where do reigning industry leaders stand in defining their digital strategy, infusing digital capabilities into their organizations and setting up a culture that is conducive for the digital era?

These are the questions we set out to answer in the KNOLSKAPE Digital Maturity Study. Through a combination of primary and secondary research, this report delves into the digital readiness of organizations, small and large, across three crucial elements of Digital: Strategy, Capabilities, and Culture.

Some key findings from the report:

  • While 85% of leaders surveyed believe their mission, vision and business strategy is aligned with the digital world, only 63% of respondents feel that HR has clear and quantifiable goals for measuring the success of the digital strategy.
  • While 88% of organizations believe they take measured risks to solve business challenges, at best 63% respondents believe they have digital savvy leaders who proactively execute digital strategy and just 40% believe they have a culture that encourages smart failures.

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