All Press Releases for October 16, 2009

Corporate University Xchange and Harvard Business Publishing Launch Learning Excellence Benchmarking Study

Industry's premier benchmark on best practices enables comparisons with industry leaders and innovators

    CAMBRIDGE, MA, October 16, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Corporate University Xchange (CorpU) and Harvard Business Publishing announce the launch of the 10th Annual Learning Excellence and Innovation Benchmarking Study. This year's study reflects the crucial importance of learning in a world characterized by tougher competition, technology advances, and shifting customer preferences.

"Learning and Talent Management executives know that, in today's world, they have to impact the business by providing the right learning, in the right way, to the right people," says CorpU Chairman Alan Todd. "The 10th Annual Benchmarking Study is an essential starting point for knowing how that's done."

Companies with a strong capacity for learning and adapting will have a definite competitive advantage, but it is critical that they get the basics right. The study is designed to answer these critical questions for learning and talent management executives:
• Are your initiatives aligned around the core capabilities that differentiate your company in the marketplace?
• Are you creating an environment for deep and diverse inquiry and collaborative problem-solving?
• Are you embedding learning into work to increase innovation and agility in a changing world?
• Can you see evidence that your work contributes to business evolution, growth and profitability?

Harvard Business Publishing, the co-sponsor of this year's study, is the publisher of the best thinking in the areas of business strategy, general management, leadership, human resources and innovation. The Corporate Learning division provides e-learning, virtual classroom and content solutions to global organizations.

"In this environment, learning and talent executives have to be strategists and advisors, looking at today's best practices and building what will be needed tomorrow," commented Peter McAteer, vice president and managing director for corporate learning at Harvard Business Publishing. "Participants in the study can use the information to guide their organizations to achieve greater success, revenue growth, and competitiveness."

Companies participating in the 10th Annual Benchmarking will be able to use CorpU's real-time online analytics tool to compare results against experts, pinpoint weaknesses, and inform strategy. Participants will also have access to knowledge and learning tools to help:
• Better reflect on your benchmarking results
• Better frame your strategic options
• Expand your worldview

Participants will also receive:
• Harvard Business Review article reprints
• CorpU research
• CorpU video expert guides

Companies that want to participate in this year's study can find more information at

About CorpU
Corporate University Xchange is a private membership of senior learning and talent executives. Founded in 1997, members pay an annual fee in exchange for access to cutting-edge research, practitioner-tested tools, and expertly facilitated peer-to-peer networking. We are forever rooted in our belief that the most valuable advice for senior executives comes from peers who have wrestled with and successfully overcome a similar challenge, and we exist to make this exchange of information happen. For more information, please visit CorpU on the web at

About Harvard Business Publishing

Harvard Business Publishing partners with its corporate clients to understand their learning objectives and works with them to develop and implement a customized portfolio of content and services uniquely suited to their leadership development and talent management strategies. In its client engagements, Harvard Business Publishing delivers thought leadership applied to real-world problems for measurable results. Its offerings are distinguished by a deep, rich well of business content from which to develop learning solutions, expertise in facilitating participant-centered learning, and access to experts on management practice worldwide. Harvard Business Publishing stands out in the marketplace because of the unique transformational learning experience it delivers for business leaders at all levels, from a company's most senior executive to its high-potential performers. For more information, visit Harvard Business Publishing at

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