Below are books, magazines, and white papers recommended by the CUE staff. A brief description is provided along with links to find a copy or view the article.


Description or Reviews if available


Corporate University Handbook


Featuring contributions from experts at ten different corporate universities, academic institutions, and consulting firms (including CUE President, Karen Barley), this book addresses the three major components of corporate university success: organization, content, and processes. For the new corporate university professional, this book serves as a great primer for getting started and helping others understand what a corporate university truly is.

The Next Generation of Corporate Universities


Featuring a chapter by CUE's president, Karen Barley, the Corporate University Handbook is intended for corporate university professionals who have a corporate university in place that is ready to move to another level of sophistication. It's full of case studies, practical applications, and best practices.

Running Training Like a Business


One of the earlier books to explore the transformation of workplace learning, this resource shows how to operate training like other business functions.  It advocates a training philosophy that more accurately identifies training costs and focuses on tangible business results.  This one is a standard reference at CUE.

The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning:  How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results


Whether you’re an HR or OD professional or work in a training department, learn to apply the principles of follow-through management within your organization in the new edition of this bestselling resource.  Incorporating new research on learning and learning transfer, along with new case studies, interviews, and tools, this edition shares guidelines, proven in practice by many Fortune 500 companies, on how to design comprehensive learning experiences in leadership and management, sales, quality, performance improvement, and professional certification. You’ll discover the theories and principles underlying the approach, as well as the practical methods, tools, and roadmaps for bridging the "knowing-doing" gap.

Building the Learning Organization


This essential best-practices tool kit with lessons from world-class leaders-Nokia, Alcoa, Dow Chemical, and others-tells how to successfully transform an organization into one that not only continually learns from its experiences but translates that knowledge into improved performance.  Rich with hands-on tools and dozens of new examples and case studies, this puts the power of the author’s Systems Learning Organization model into the hands of any manager who wants to participate in building, maintaining, and sustaining the next generation of learning organization.

The Adult Learner


The Adult Learner is essential reading for adult learning practitioners, students, and HRD professionals. It provides a theoretical framework for understanding the adult learning issues both in the teaching and workplace environments.

The Business of Learning


Over half a billion dollars are spent annually on corporate learning, but are those dollars being spent wisely to improve not only individual performance but also delivering on the highest priority goals of the organization? Many companies see learning as strictly an expense. Unless the learning is well aligned to an organization's key goals, it can become an easy target for cutbacks. Managed well, the learning function can become an indispensable, strategic partner with a significant impact on an organization's goals. Managed poorly, learning will be viewed as a cost with questionable value and little connection to the organization's goals or success. The Business of Learning will provide your VP of Learning and management team with the tools necessary to make learning a strategic and powerful contributor to your corporate success. Author Dave Vance was the founding President of award-winning Caterpillar University and was named 2006 CLO of the Year by Chief Learning Officer magazine.

Strategic Learning Alignment


Is your training function viewed as a cyclical expense that can be eliminated periodically, or as a vital strategic tool that is absolutely necessary to achieving the goals of your business? Make the training function absolutely vital with Strategic Learning Alignment. Written by the CLO of Ingersoll-Rand, this book addresses how to position learning and development strategically through engagement practices and the demonstration of value.

Leading a Learning Revolution


Leading a Learning Revolution tells the compelling story of a learning revolution that took place within the U.S. Department of Defense. Written by practitioners who actually walked the walk, this account of the creation of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides a clear blueprint that others can follow. It shares, in detail, the best practices they developed, so that the thousands of training organizations worldwide striving to create premier corporate universities can catapult forward. It's an in-depth look at one of the best corporate universities in operation today.

International Organizations and Lifelong Learning


In recent years, lifelong learning has become one of the most prominent education policy goals. This book shows how international organizations have promoted this idea and disseminated the need for it to countries all over the world. As a consequence of their activity, lifelong learning has become a central element of modern education policy. This book analyzes the global spread of lifelong learning policies since the 1970s, emphasizing the role of international organizations.

Designing the Smart Organization


Filling a gap in the literature, this book offers an innovative interdisciplinary approach to learning for corporate strategic development, linking the domains of strategy, organizational design, and learning. To demonstrate how this process drives the boundaries of the practice way beyond the established notion of simple training and management education, the book is filled with detailed case studies from leading global organizations, including Siemens, ABB, BASF, the US Army, PricewaterhouseCoopers, EADS, Novartis, and more. These studies reveal how large-scale corporations are using the power of dynamic corporate learning approaches to drive innovation, enhance cultural values, master post-merger integration, transform business models, enhance leadership culture, build technological expertise, foster strategic change processes, and ultimately increase bottom line results.

Developing and Implementing a Corporate University


As more and more companies see the value and competitive strengths of corporate universities, this book addresses how to create a university based on your corporation's culture, needs, and short- and long-term strategies. While there is no single right way to create a corporate university, the author believes there are dysfunctional approaches that almost always lead to failure. He identifies common roadblocks that result in missed opportunities, increased costs and misalignments, and how to avoid them. This one is a good primer and can get you started on your corporate university journey.

The New Mager Six-Pack


Considered to be the reference library for educators, trainers, or anyone serious about improving performance, The New Mager Six-Pack contains six famous "how-to" handbooks. From providing a strong foundation in the basics for newcomers to serving as an invaluable reference for experienced professionals, The New Mager Six-Pack is a resource you will come back to time and time again. You'll find guidance on how to find feasible solutions to performance problems, create effective learning environments, measure the results of instruction, develop instruction that works the first time, and much more. All six of the classic books in The New Mager Six-Pack are completely revised and updated. Filled with new chapters and more practical tips, invaluable resources, hands-on practice, and real-world examples, The New Mager Six-Pack is easier to read, use, and understand than ever before. It's a resource you'll use for a lifetime.

How to Measure Training Results


Jack Phillips, Ph.D., is the founder of Performance Resources Organization, now the world's leading consulting firm specializing in accountability issues. The author or editor of more than 200 books and 100 articles, including The Handbook of Training Evaluation and Measurement, he has served as a bank president, Fortune 500 training and development manager, and professor of management at a major state university. His clients in 20 countries include such internationally respected companies as AT&T, Federal Express, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, and Xerox.

Return on Investment


The second edition of this bestselling book, 'Return on Investment in Training and Performance Improvement Programs,' guides you through a proven, results-based approach to calculating the Return on Investment in training and performance improvement programs. Jack Phillips has composed user-friendly ROI calculations, plus ten post-program data collection methods, ten strategies for determining the amount of improvement that is directly linked to training programs, and ten techniques for converting both hard and soft data to monetary values. The book also details implementation issues, provides worksheets, and pinpoints non-monetary program benefits. A case study takes the reader through the ROI process step-by-step.




Training magazine is a 48-year-old professional development magazine that advocates training and workforce development as a business tool. The magazine delves into management issues such as leadership and succession planning, HR issues such as recruitment and retention, and training issues such as learning theory, on-the-job skills assessments and aligning core workforce competencies to enhance the bottom line impact of training and development programs. Written for training, human resources, and business management professionals in all industries, Training combines a paid circulation with qualified, controlled recipients to deliver the strongest circulation in the market.



Publishing is one of ASTD's largest operations, encompassing the creation and distribution of books, magazines, newsletters, Web pages, and special reports. Through its publications, ASTD leads the field with content that advances new thinking, highlights proven practices, and raises awareness of the value of learning and performance. For more than 65 years, the award-winning T+D magazine has heralded and even led the evolution of the profession from training and development to workplace learning and performance - with the purpose to deliver to its readers the emerging trends and proven best practices. Indeed, since its debut in 1947 as the Journal for Industrial Training, what is now called T+D magazine has chronicled the issues and ideas, the pains and passions of a growing profession. For decades, the magazine has covered the art and science of developing people and the systems in which they work to produce results. From the no-nonsense idealism of the 1940s and '50s, through the social consciousness of the '60s and '70s, to the bottom-line thinking of the 1980s and '90s, and on to the technological upheaval of the new millennium, T+D magazine has been the voice of the profession. T+D is a monthly magazine available to ASTD national members as part of their dues, and by subscription and single-copy sales.

Chief Learning Officer


Chief Learning Officer is the foremost resource in the rapidly growing industry of workforce learning and development. The flagship magazine and related network of publications, electronic media and international events have made CLO the pre-eminent source of thought leadership for senior-level executives. CLO provides them with constant access to reliable, relevant information, as well as forums for connecting with other global learning leaders. Chief Learning Officer provides valuable guidance and insight to global enterprise education executives. The very people who oversee, authorize, fund and support learning and development programs turn to CLO as a trusted source when implementing initiatives for employees, customers, partners, and suppliers. CLO gives them access to the knowledge and strategies they need to align workforce development with their overall business objectives.

Associations and Research Sources



The world's largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. ASTD's members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 120 U.S. chapters and with more than 16 international partners.

Bersin by Deloitte


Bersin by Deloitte delivers research-based people strategies designed to help leaders and their organizations in their efforts to deliver exceptional business performance. Their "WhatWorks" membership gives Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 HR professionals the information and tools they need to design and implement leading practice solutions, benchmark against others, develop their staff, and select and implement systems. A piece of Bersin by Deloitte research is downloaded on average approximately every minute during the business day. More than 5,000 organizations worldwide use its research and consulting to guide their HR, talent, and learning strategies.



IQPC leverages a global research base of best practices to produce an unrivaled portfolio of problem-solving conferences. Each year IQPC offers approximately 2,000 worldwide conferences, seminars, and related learning programs. The annual CU Week conference is the most relevant to the industry.

The MASIE Center


The MASIE Center is a think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce. They provide access to industry content and studies and support conferences and networking opportunities.

White Papers

Replacing your LMS? Brandon Hall Group

This white paper reviews the key practices in helping organizations not only reduce the feat of making a transition, but prepare for a positive experience and enterprise success.

M'm M'm Good. Learning and Performance at Campbell's -Tony Bingham and Pat Galagan

Campbell Soup Company has been a fixture in American pantries for more than 140 years. While it is the world's largest soup maker, it also boasts large and growing businesses in healthy beverages anchored by its V8 brand and in baked snacks with Pepperidge Farm and Arnott's in Australia. The company's products are available in more than 100 countries around the world, and Campbell is currently expanding into the soup-loving nations of Russia and China. In the past 10 years, Campbell has refined its product offerings and made them more convenient, healthier, and more substantial.

Five Fallacies About the Role of Learning Content in Talent Management -John Ambrose

A number of misconceptions exist about the role of learning content in talent management. Belief in these misconceptions can thwart organizations from realizing the power of learning to transform how they operate. These misconceptions may be fueled by the accelerated speed of consolidation occurring in the human capital space. Industry consolidations have been big news in recent months with SAP's purchase of SuccessFactors and Oracle's acquisition of Taleo. As larger vendors begin assembling the pieces of an end-to-end human capital management platform, their focus has largely been on the integration of learning management system (LMS) functionality into the overall process. But focusing only on the underlying technologies misses a key point around the business impact of learning content. This is fostering a number of fallacies in organizations, typically outside the L&D organization which has a deep understanding for the role learning content plays in driving true behavioral change. This paper identifies five of the most common fallacies and offers truths about how learning content integrates into a well-developed talent management strategy.

Keys to Developing a Successful Global Learning Program -Skillsoft

This white paper provides case studies and descriptions to what it considers the three critical components to developing an effective global learning program. Those 3 components are determining the most effective and efficient ways to deliver learning, identifying and addressing disparities in access to learning across locations, and accommodating regional, cultural, and other differences while providing consistent content and messaging to everyone participating in the same learning program.

More Companies Turning to Universities to Educate Workforce, Study Shows -Human Resource Development Quarterly

An article discussing and supporting the continued emphasis and benefits of corporate universities in the modern, global organization.

Transforming Learning into a Strategic Business Enabler -HCM Advisory Group

In order to achieve learning that lasts and reach new levels of performance, it is critical that learning be directly aligned with business needs and that it is perceived as a strategic enabler for the business. Saba partnered with Human Capital Media (HCM) Advisory Group to assess the state of the learning industry with respect to alignment with the business and how the learning function is perceived: as a cost center, a necessary but costly contributor to the business, or a strategic enabler.