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Trend 2: Globalization

As access to all parts of the world increases and geographic borders become less important, the workforce and the marketplace will continue to change. For practitioners in training, HRD, and workplace learning and performance, these times are both invigorating and challenging. On the energizing side, technological innovations enable workers from all over the globe to interact more easily, and this interconnectivity will offer new opportunities and mechanisms for giving workers interactive education and continual upgrading of skills and knowledge.

When Chrysler is run by a company that makes Mercedes-Benz and this happens in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, you know you’re living in a world where to compete you have to have an international perspective.

—Todd Davis, director, Institute of International Education



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