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Who should attend

Organizational Learning in Action (OLA) is for senior learning leaders looking to expand their impact on business performance and organizational results.

Program benefits

Develop and implement successful learning strategies across your organization - and drive business growth as a result: 

  • Learn how to align your learning strategy with your organization's strategy
  • Enhance your ability to influence multiple stakeholders
  • Discover leading practices in program and portfolio design and delivery
  • Establish a learning brand for your organization and market it


5 days in Lausanne or 4 days in Singapore both with pre- and post-program support


Program Sessions 2017
February 21-24, 2017 (Singapore)
July 10-14, 2017

Fee 2016

The program fee includes additional pre- and post-program support. Tuition, teaching materials and lunch are also included.

Lausanne session: CHF 9,000
Singapore session: SGD 11,500 full residential package; SGD 10,650 non-residential package

Singapore program delivered by IMD Southeast Asia Pte Ltd. GST (7%) to be added for Singapore registered companies and residents.
Special team offer: Fourth participant from the same company is free!

This program is eligible for the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) Certificate of Excellence in Global Business, which allows executives to choose from over 200 courses offered by 19 top global business schools and representing a total of 15 training days. For more information and a full list of eligible programs, visit GNAM website.

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Our participants

Participants are senior learning leaders looking to expand their impact on business performance and organizational results. Typically their responsibilities cover areas such as learning, talent management, human resources, management development, technical training, and learning technologies.   

Team opportunities

To accelerate participants' impact on their business upon completion of the program, team participation is welcomed. Together, members of a team will develop a common language; strategy and approach which they will be able to transfer immediately back to their company.

The following companies have put their trust in IMD by sending participants to OLA

  • ABB
  • Axa Wintherthur
  • Capgemini Consulting
  • Caterpillar
  • European Environment Agency
  • European Parliament
  • Hilti
  • Mercedes-Benz Bank Service Center
  • National Bank of Egypt (NBE)
  • NestlĂ© SA
  • Novartis Consumer Health SAOMV AG
  • Orion Corporation
  • Pirelli
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Tonkin & Taylor Ltd

Testimonials of Past Participants

OLA gave me the knowledge and insights to make an impact on my business. The program also helped me to build a network of other learning professionals across the world." Christel Thibodeau HR Manager, Learning & Development | Open Society Foundations| United States
I would recommend OLA to all Chief Learning Officers, Heads of Learning and Learning practitioners who want to take an outside-in view of their strategy for the learning function. The global next and best practices gained from the Faculty and the sharing of experiences with the global participants makes this an extremely impactful and value adding experience." Shaun Rozyn Director | Gordon Institute of Business Science| South Africa
IMD's Organizational Learning in Action program offers a wonderful platform for learning professionals to exchange best practice ideas, learn from the successes and failures of veterans in the field and finally form a community that will continue to learn beyond the program. We, the learning professionals are so busy educating others - thanks to IMD for educating us!" Lakshmi Ramamurthy Global Head of Learning and Development | Capgemini Business Services (India) Ltd | India
IMD provides a very effective learning environment that is quite distinct from other institutions, and the design of the programs strikes the right balance between theory, practice, and discovery." Juan Carlos Chaia Organization & Human Resources Planning and Development Director | Cemex | Mexico
Organizational Learning in Action has lent me a deeper insight into the learning and development space and I think that I am now far better equipped to explore the possibilities that have not been so obvious to me before." Muhammad Hassan Quraishi Manager Human Resources | Fauji Fertilizer Co Ltd | Pakistan
Organizational Learning in Action was a huge enabler for me, responsible for learning in my organization. My strategic focus is reinforced and I was looking exactly for that." Erika Landi-Gietema Training ManagerEuropean Parliament | Luxembourg
Organizational Learning in Action is about insights and connections. A place to think outside the box, in a rigorous and inspiring academic environment - and a great opportunity to learn from your peers." Fausto Palumbo Vice President Head of Corporate Training and Learning | Nestlé SA | Switzerland
Organizational Learning in Action is a great program with the right blend of carefully selected content, faculty and learning strategies, both inside and outside of the classroom - that are all aimed at maximizing our learning experience." Sylva Juliano Director, Learning & Development | The Coca-Cola Company | Bottling Investments Group | USA
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The role of the corporate learning professional has become more complex and as such requires increasingly a keen appreciation and understanding of business, strategy, education and technology. This new complexity also calls to run learning as a business and to promote it as such to the multiple stakeholders involved.Organizational Learning in Action (OLA) empowers corporate learning professionals to develop and implement successful learning strategies across their organizations - and drive business growth as a result.

In an intensive three-part journey, you will :

Prior to arrival

  • Engage in a detailed diagnosis of your organization's learning strategy and practices
  • Watch pre-program webinars and read preparation materials so that when you are at IMD we have a head start

During the program

  • Learn how to develop a strategy for corporate learning that is aligned with your corporate strategy
  • Acquire techniques to become more effective and influence your key stakeholders
  • Discover and discuss the leading practices in program and portfolio design
  • Review the latest developments in adult learning and ways to leverage technology in support of your organizational learning activities
  • Refine your approach for marketing and branding your learning entity and its offer

Upon return

  • Continue working on your specific challenges in learning tandems
  • Become a member of the IMD corporate learning community for the sharing of emerging new practices and tools
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The program employs a range of methods including:

  • Real-life cases of companies that implemented successful corporate learning practices
  • Dialogues with Chief Learning Officers and learning experts
  • Simulations and experiential learning
  • Peer coaching and small group discussions

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to apply the ideas and concepts you learn to your own company's situation and to benefit from the diverse experience of your corporate learning peers and Faculty.

Program topics

  • Cultural enablers of learning
  • Strategy tools and frameworks
  • Adult learning and instructional design concepts
  • Learning technology vehicles
  • Governance and stakeholder management
  • Branding and marketing concepts
  • Change management principles and practices

Program schedule (Lausanne)

Program schedule (Singapore)

Our Faculty

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

OLA Program Director

Shlomo Ben-Hur Israeli and American Leadership and Organizational Behavior PhD Humboldt University of Berlin

OLA Faculty

Anand Narasimhan British and Indian
Shell Professor of Global Leadership PhD Vanderbilt University

Bernie Jaworski Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management and Liberal Arts
Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
Claremont Graduate University

Stanton E.F. Wortham Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education PhD University of Pennsylvania

Amnon Dekel Chairman Software Engineering Department Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Pierre Dillenbourg

Professor of Learning Technologies at EPFL

OLA Corporate Speakers

Steven Smith

Corporate Vice President,Capgemini University Director

Paddy Coyne

Vice President Enterprise Learning, Shell International BV

Jonathan Donner

Vice President - Global Learning and Capability Development, Unilever

Joseph Press Director, Deloitte Digital

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The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

From six weeks to up to 11 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 100% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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