Action-based Learning

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  • Micro method
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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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The aim of action-based learning is to ensure that employees acquire the necessary knowledge to work on tasks during the course of a project.

Action Learning is a method of "learning by doing" in enterprises. In an action learning programme, a team works on a concrete project relevant to the company and at the same time reflects on the learning process in the project.

First, an interdisciplinary group of people analyses a problem and develops a joint proposal for a solution. The focus is on real work situations and problems that are solved in a "learning" way.

During the implementation phase, the group meets at regular intervals and jointly evaluates the previous procedure and the solution proposals developed. Action Learning is thus a special form of "learning by doing", which attaches particular importance to researching problems in practice and only incorporating necessary theoretical knowledge when necessary.

The advantage of this method is that the problem at hand is solved together during the application and at the same time there is a learning effect for each individual person. By developing solutions for real problems, the learning effect can be improved.
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • Effective for disruptive innovations
  • Effective for highly complex challenges
  • Effective for radical innovations
  • P1 Understanding (identify innovation fields - problem solving)
  • P5 Idea Finding (ideation - idea generation - creative phase - incubation)
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