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The Future of Learning: Insights and Innovations from Executive Development

The Future of Learning: Insights and Innovations from Executive Development

The Future of Learning, Insights and Innovations in Executive Education is an edited collection of chapters based on research-informed ‘future-scoping’ and emerging practice in the field of executive education. Chapters have been developed from papers presented at the Future of Learning Conference held at Ashridge in 2009.

The book is split into three sections: Future Context, Future Learning and Future Learners, with a short editorial introducing each of the sections:


  • Future Context includes chapters on storytelling and improvisation, leadership competencies required for the 21st Century and scenarios for the future of the HE sector.
  • Future Learning discusses the emergence and potential of Virtual Action Learning, the implications of web 2.0 and how Generation Y is impacting and impacted by the workplace.
  • Future Learners brings the needs of the learner to the fore, with thought-provoking chapters on opening the possibilities of learning, the importance of ‘place’ and curiosity as an enabler of learning.

Written in an accessible style, the book will appeal to anyone working in the field of adult and higher education and training.

About the editors

Shirine Voller

Shirine Voller

Shirine Voller, lead editor, holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc by Research from Cranfield University. She has worked in primary education, organisation consulting and grant management and is currently Research Manager at Ashridge Business School.

Eddie Blass

Eddie Blass

Eddie Blass started her academic career lecturing in HRM after a period of time training in industry. She completed her Doctorate at Durham on ‘The Future University’ and now combines research interests in adult learning, HE and leadership development. From the University of Hertfordshire's School of Education, Eddie is emigrating to Australia where she will continue to work in the field of education and learning.

Vicki Culpin

Vicki Culpin

Vicki studied Psychology at Manchester University, followed by an MPhil and PhD in Psychology from Lancaster University and an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology from Leicester University. She spent nine years working in academia before moving to Ashridge Business School where she is Research Director.

Book Cover of Future of Learning