1 Strategic Planning, Learning Theory, and Training Needs Analysis

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Running head: Assignment 1 Strategic Planning, Learning Theory, and Training Needs Analysis

Assignment 1: Strategic Planning, Learning Theory, and Training Needs Analysis
KorVina Hunter
Professor Robert High
BUS 407
December 9, 2011

The analysis phase defines what needs to be trained. Next, an instructional design is crafted to meet this need. Only after the design is complete are the instructional materials developed. During development, individual and group tryouts of the materials are conducted. Results are iteratively fed back into design and development. Evaluation is a central feature of ISD and is performed in each phase. The phases are:
Phase 1: Analysis
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Evaluation of the entire program is conducted after all the training is completed. Measurements and feedback determine whether adjustments to the initial design are needed, and results are reviewed with the client. Students are contacted and instructors, designers, developers and anyone involved with the program meet for a "lessons learned" review. The model then begins again.

There are all sorts of reasons which may inhibit the Human Resource Development team from developing a strategic training approach; the following three reasons are what I would consider the main ones.

The first I would consider would be cost. There is no doubt that many organizations cannot afford to hire an external consultant to help them develop their strategy and implementing this strategy when not specifically trained in predicting future direction of the business can be risky. The second reason follows on from this quite nicely; future predictions may not unfold as envisaged. Even if a company pays top money for a profession in the field of strategic planning, there are always unforeseen events which can affect how the future unfolds. This could, therefore, prove the consultation to be a waste of money and the company may have to alter its strategy anyway.
The third possible reason could be preference of immediate results. Strategic planning is a long term method and some companies prefer to work to smaller time scales (possibly for


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