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ASTD Competency Study: The Training & Development Profession Redefined by Jennifer Naughton, Justin Arneson, William J. Rothwell

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What Key Trends Drive the Field?

Training and development professionals face a work environment that is radically different from the one they faced when the 2004 Competency Study was published.

Proof of the dizzying pace of technological advancements in that short span of years is no further away than the mobile devices we use every day. It is no wonder that these versatile devices and the powerful technology enabling their use are all closely aligned to the major industry drivers and trends identified by the 2013 ASTD Competency Study research.

Specifically, this research resulted in the identification of eight key trends currently driving change for training and development professionals. A brief discussion of these trends ...

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