Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

Editor’s note: Steven Johnson says that an idea is a network. Take that idea and you’ll look differently at how ideas are generated.

In Search of the Best Available Evidence

Editor’s note: This CIPD report looks at the need for organisations to take evidence-backed approaches to HR and L&D.

Growth mindset is on a firm foundation, but we’re still building the house

Editor’s note: In this article, Carol Dweck outlines the body of research that informs her work (and that of others) into the growth mindset. A great source of links to supporting research.

Another survey finds users aren’t that engaged with online video

Editor’s note: This research focuses on video content on news websites and shows that it is less engaging than other forms of content, in particular long-form writing. Interesting to see that video might not be as popular after all.

New Glassdoor Data Suggests What You’re Paid Affects Your Work Values

Editor’s note: According to Glassdoor data the most important factor for job satisfaction is a company’s culture and values.

Did Media Literacy Backfire?

Editor’s note: This piece builds on the fake news debate and raises questions on what influences how and why we consume the information we consume.

Workers feel trapped by “rigid” workplaces, ILM finds

Editor’s note: Research by the Institute of Leadership and Management finds that employees find work structures too restrictive and controlling. People want more freedom.

Learn or Lose

Editor’s note: Prof Nick Van Dam’s acceptance speech for the professorship in Corporate Learning and Development at Nyenrode Business Universiteit is a must-read for L&D professionals. It’s a pragmatic, research-based look at the future focus for L&D.

eLearning Trends 2017

This report amalgamates findings from various research reports to paint a picture of the elearning market. You will need to give quite a lot of information before you can download it!

How to find the knowns and unknowns in any research

Editor’s note: In our ‘post-truth’ era we need the skills to sort information and establish its provenance. Some goods here on how to do this with published research.

The Secret Online Lives of UK Managers – curated tweets

Here are our edited tweets from the launch of #good practice‘s #research into how UK #managers find information online to help them do their jobs. The launch took place in London on HMS Belfast on 24 November 2016. [View the story “Google it: The Secret Online Lives of UK Managers” on Storify]

Glacial pace of change in L+D prompts Towards Maturity to focus on tactics that work


Despite the fact learning and development professionals want to change the way they design and deliver learning only a tiny proportion are having any success at doing so, according to #towards maturity #research of more than 600 L&D professionals and 5,000 employees. Published in a report, Unlocking Potential, the research shows that 95% of L&D […]

Sandy Pentland: Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread

Editor’s note: The work of Sandy Pentland was mentioned a couple of times at the CIPD’s annual conference. Here Pentland talks through his concept of social physics and how it explains how we behave as social beings in the workplace.

On the Face of It: The Psychology of Electability

Editor’s note: Psychologist Alexander Todorov researches the way we perceive others and the information that actually helps us make decisions about others. His work has important implications for recruiting and promoting others.

How Long Should Your Next Video Be?

Editor’s comment: Useful piece of research here into more than half a million videos on Youtube which looks at the relationship between length of video and viewer engagement.