Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL) is a boutique centre focussing on organisational change and practitioner research. We empower individuals, teams, and organisations to implement change using the Work-Applied Learning model (WAL). Our suite of change programmes is mainly designed for junior, middle and senior managers and their teams. Each programme uses our consultative WAL process to achieve change, whether at an individual, team or organisational level. All programmes are delivered with inbuilt support from experienced GCWAL Advisors who have expertise in organisational change in the context of relevant business and management disciplines.

The WAL model resulted from the innovative work and research undertaken by GCWAL’s founder, Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham, who also founded the Australian Institute of Business. The WAL model is an extension of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) process which Professor Abraham has been investigating with managers and researchers since 1979.

Benjamin Franklin said: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Thus, the WAL model requires the leaders and managers to not only learn relevant business and management concepts but actually apply them in a real-life Work-Applied Change project. This integration of the concepts and their application in the project provides greater understanding and helps managers, as change leaders, to embed their learning which can then be applied in other contexts.

Practitioner Research using WAL and WBL is an ongoing GCWAL service offering for organisations, institutions and relevant associations. Such research has resulted in WAL seminars and conferences, publications, including the Journal of Work-Applied Management which is Scopus indexed.


To empower people to learn for change.


To develop people to learn for change using Work-Based Learning and Work-Applied Learning.


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