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In the LATIO project learning environments and strategies for learning, training and development in knowledge intensive and innovative units of companies in Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, The Republic of Ireland and The United Kingdom were studied. The data collection included company documentation, non-participant observation and interviews with general managers, HR managers, line managers, employees and union representatives (when appropriate). In some cases a short survey was also used. On the basis of the data, case descriptions were made in relation to the national learning contexts. The cases were described in terms of dominant themes derived from data in each case.
In this final report the themes from the different cases have been compared and grouped together in four kinds of contexts and the dominant themes across the cases in each kind of context are presented. In relation to 1) national institutional contexts, the dominant themes in the data were that learning opportunities have increasingly become an incentive to employees, an increased demand for certification, and development of learning alliances. In relation to 2) organisational contexts a main theme was continuous efforts to integrate diversified learning opportunities together with a broadening of the role of HR managers and an increasing professionalisation of the field. Another theme was that especially some of the biggest companies had developed rather extensive competency, knowledge or skills management systems. A third theme was decentralisation of responsibility for HRD to line management and a fourth was the use of mentors.

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