Peer learning groups are an innovative way for companies to keep their culture attuned to the ever-evolving open innovation and collaboration practices that dominate companies of all sizes. Peer learning groups are used by businesses who want sustainable and proactive workers and teams. In today’s marketplace where businesses of all sizes have unique opportunities to play important roles in the global economy, peer learning is the bridge from the local, regional enterprise to a business that can compete on a larger playing field.
The learning industry is a professional industry. Participants engage in the business of helping businesses and their employees obtain the latest on-the-job and periodic training through external third-party educators.
Reasons Businesses Use Peer Learning Professionals
- Peer group learning can be customized to the enterprise’s specific industry and specific culture.
- All topics are relevant and current so that participants are actually re-enforcing their industry knowledge.
- Participants respond better to outside experts who look for positive, constructive learning solutions that apply to the participant’s issues.
- Experiences carry more weight than theories.
- Participants can cross many levels of the company and these participants tend to forge new, highly functional relationships necessary to contribute in open innovation and collaborative cultures.
- The focus is on the greater good and transforming the company to that end.
- There is great emphasis on innovative ways to strengthen existing internal and external networks and developing new connections.
- Participants learn how to leverage collective wisdom and collective experiences.
- Peer relationships improve immeasurably.
Peer learning includes the use of numerous resources, including relevant articles, training tools and pertinent subject matter are used in a coordinated approach that can involve the participants and other external facilitators.
Learning using involves a combination of educational instruction and lively interaction. Goals for the instruction are clearly defined and identified prior to commencement. Participant expertise is always acknowledged and can definitely advance the cause. However, the willingness of the participants to understand that there may be better ways to advance the corporate culture is a critical component of successful peer learning initiatives.
A Long Way Since Chesbrough
Likewise, employers must understand that the nature of successful business cultures has also change quite dramatically in just the past five years. The world of open innovation that Henry Chesbrough originally promoted has surpassed all expectations.
It is these acknowledged changes that have lifted previously unknown companies to positions of world prominence in an industry. Sometimes, it is not what you make but what you know and how smoothly a business functions that paves the way to newfound strength.