Work-Applied Learning (WAL) for Organisational Change
A typical WAL for organisational change comprises a number of Action Research (AR) cycles. The phases within each AR cycle are as follows:
- AR Group meetings;
- Knowledge Sessions;
- Work-Based Phases; (which incorporates the Action Learning Process)
- Joint Observations and Reflections;
- Monitoring and Evaluation of the Cycle; and
- Validation of the Programme after 2 Cycles.
In a WAL Programme, the AR Group normally comprises six to eight managers nominated by the organisation to participate in the programme and a WAL Change consultant.
The WAL Change Consultant is either an internal or external change agent who has conceptual knowledge and practical experience in undertaking organisational change using WAL. Normally, he/she is a certified WAL Change Consultant.
The WAL Change Consultant plays the role of a mentor and advises the managers on the planning and implementation of the programme including:
- Establishing the organisational need or problem;
- Reviewing and Reflecting on the need or problem in the context of the relevant Knowledge; and
- Identification of the WAL Programme and the WBL projects to be implemented to address the need or problem.