This textbook has been written for the new CIPD postgraduate module "Learning and Talent Development". It is also ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate HRM students who are taking a module in HRD or L&D. Maps on to the new CIPD Learning and Talent Development unit, ensuring that students have all they need to succeed on this unit. It is written by Jim Stewart, the Chief Examiner for L&D and the author of the learning and talent development unit. It combines a clear and concise structure and writing style with an academic and critical approach. It includes online resources for tutors: PowerPoint slides; for Lecturers: Guide including lecture handouts; additional case studies - one longer one and one shorter one per chapter; and, for students: Web links for each chapter including links to articles.