To Centralize or Localize? Solving the L&D Locus Issue

One of the many trade-offs in L&D is whether to have instructional design (ID) centralized or localized. Sure, it can be outsourced, but you’re better off developing your proprietary materials in-house. (And, not developing anything generic that you can purchase.) While it may seem to make sense not to have ID resources, increasingly organizational learning is going to be critical to organizational success. Having in-house expertise will become a competitive advantage, particularly if you’re moving to the bigger picture.

This argument isn’t about other resources. Media production and course administration isn’t a big issue. Those can be centralized for efficiency. It’s the design where the issue arises. So, what are the trade-offs?

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