About Us

Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL) is a research and consultancy centre. We work with chief executives, senior managers, and middle managers to increase their managerial effectiveness and build positive change. The processes we use are Work-Applied Learning (WAL) including Work-based Learning. We offer programmes focused on continuous improvement, learning, and development using these processes.

The Work-Applied Learning (WAL) model recognises the workplace as the crucible of learning for change and has been specifically developed for managers to learn, reflect, introduce change, and be effective in their individual departments, divisions, organisations, and communities.

GCWAL aims to bring together practitioners, scholars and organisations committed to WAL and related areas both in Australia and around the world by engaging in WAL Research projects including publications, conferences, and seminars among other research activities.

GCWAL is committed to contributing to knowledge and improved practice of WAL including Work-Based Management Learning (WBML) and disseminating this pioneering knowledge globally.


GCWAL was founded from the creative and innovative work of its Chairman, Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham over many decades.

Professor Abraham was introduced to the WBL process in his MBA Program at Henley Business School, UK from 1979 to 1981. Since then, he has been investigating and extending the use of WBL in manager development with organisations and community settings in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago and Papua New Guinea.

One of the outcomes of this investigation was his PhD in 1993, where he implemented a Work-Based Manager Development programme using an applied research method – Action Research.

In 1996, he presented a seminal paper with two other academics on the integrated Action Research and Action Learning (ARAL) model.  Based on the research he was undertaking as a consultant, he extended WBL to WAL. As Founder Chairman of Gibaran Management Institute (later known as Australian Institute of Business-AIB), he worked with a team of practitioners and academics and experts and embedded the WBL process in the teaching and learning practice and introduced the concept of WAL using Action Research, Case Research and Reflective Practice to research masters and doctorates at AIB.

He has described his journey from WBL to WAL in his book on Work-Applied Learning for Change (2012 and 2015).

In 2013, AIB’s consultancy wing developed into a separate research and consultancy practice called the Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL).

‘WAL’ has been registered as a Trademark in eight countries around the world and continues to be registered in other parts of the world.


To empower people to learn for change.


To develop people to become practitioners and consultants in Work Applied Learning and Work-Based Management Learning.


  • Continuous research and development to sustain innovative approaches to change and learning
  • Excellence through our focus on innovation, quality and continuous improvement
  • Responsive to stakeholders’ needs and customise creative solutions to address these needs
  • Committed to integrity and transparency in all our dealings
  • Provide a supportive environment for our internal and external customers

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