Learning is going global. It is happening with all types of learning – especially eLearning. At BI WORLDWIDE (BIW), we have found that global learning needs have increased by over 350% in the last two years. Market forces have been driving business to a global level for some time. The scale and speed of the change has been accelerating at a dramatic rate and where business expands, learning must follow.
In their book, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces, McKinsey presents a fascinating concept called the global economic centre of gravity. They map the global economy in three dimensions and determine the point on the surface of the earth that is closest to this 3D centre of gravity.
500 BC the economic centre of gravity was between India and China, the world’s largest population centres at the time. It took 2,500 years for the economic centre of gravity to slowly migrate from Asia to the Atlantic Ocean, so that in 1950 it stood halfway between the powerhouse economies of Europe and the US. Since 1950, the economic centre of gravity has been accelerating back towards Asia. By 2025 it will be back in Asia – very close to where it started 2500 years earlier.
But the return journey will only take 75 years. Developing world markets are driving this astonishing change by significantly outpacing the world’s established economies. According to the World Bank Database, emerging economies like India, Brazil, Indonesia, and China are growing 75% faster than developing countries. By 2025, almost half the world’s consumption will be coming from the developing world.
So why is learning so important to this ongoing global expansion?
And what are the emerging best practices in globalizing learning?
Why Global Learning?
All global business expansion activities require ongoing training for effective operations. New people, new processes, new products and new markets all require effective learning solutions or business will only succeed by accident. Here are four examples of why learning is going global.