Research Summary

Experiential Learning and Knowledge Mentors

by Dorothy A. Leonard


Dorothy Leonard’s research on innovation and knowledge transfer has always emphasized learning by doing.  During the past several years, she has been exploring how organizations can foster faster skills learning.  While there are generational differences in today’s workforce in preferences for technological enablers, the basics of how people gain practical know-how has not changed.  She is therefore focusing on how experiential learning can be introduced into “on-boarding” and early professional development programs in organizations.