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This report describes a European study into the changing role of HRD as a result of the concept of the learning organisation. The following research questions guided data collection:
1. How do HRD departments in learning oriented organisations throughout Europe envision their own role in stimulating and supporting employees to learn continuously, as a part of everyday work (with the intent to contribute to organisational learning, and thus enhance organisational competitiveness)?
2. What strategies do HRD departments adopt to realise their envisioned role?
3. What inhibiting factors do HRD departments encounter when trying to realise their new role? How do they cope with these factors?
4. What differences in outlook can be found between HRD departments in European organisations and the perspectives on the role of HRD, which exists in the US and Japan?
Seven European countries were involved in the project: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The partnership consisted of researchers from each of these countries. Data were collected throughout all seven nations.

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