CHICAGO (September 14, 2016) — In 1993, only 400 companies had corporate universities; today that number is 4,000. From McDonald’s legendary Hamburger University to emerging methods of digital training, the state of organizational learning is evolving rapidly – and so are the challenges of developing curriculum that delivers ROI to both employees and organizations.

To guide organizations as they develop and evolve corporate universities and training strategy, BPI group has released a white paper titled “The New World of Corporate Universities: Challenges, Trends & Opportunities.” Designed for organizational leaders and policymakers, the piece examines the current state of corporate universities and strives to offer solutions to the major issue of job and skills transformation. The white paper features insights from global leaders, practitioners, and HR experts who attended the 2016 U-Spring conference, which focused on “Reimagining the Corporate University.”

“Corporate universities and training play a critical role in both job and organizational transformation,” said Juan-Luis Goujon, president of BPI group’s North American operations. “The methods and expectations of corporate universities are changing rapidly, and we hope the insights in our white paper will help leaders as they consider their organizational learning strategies.”

In examining the challenges, trends and opportunities facing corporate universities today, the white paper covers several key areas:

  • The new form of corporate universities. The white paper presents factors changing the corporate university model, from digital technology to “glocalization.” It also addresses the new ambitions of universities: being able to anticipate and keep up with job and skills transformation and catalyzing organization transformation.
  • The six challenges corporate universities face. From whom corporate universities should target to how they can strike the right economic equilibrium for sustainability, the white paper covers new and emerging challenges for corporate universities.
  • Operational solutions. BPI group’s organizational learning and career experts offer operational recommendations to help universities fully play their strategic role — anticipating change and ensuring that skills are adapted in the interests of people’s employability and the organization’s performance.
  • Key trends in learning. The white paper also summarizes key trends in training that emerged from the best practices of the 50-plus corporate universities that competed for the U-Spring 2016 awards, including: Air Liquide, Axa, Berlitz, Bouygues Telecom, Capgemini, Carglass, Coface, Engie, the National Gendarmerie, Generali, Lacoste, Lectra, the HR Lab, McDonald’s, OpenClassroom, Orange, PepsiCo, Groupe Poult, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Safran, Samsung, SNEF, Société Générale, Total, Unibail-Rodamco.

“There is a need today for profoundly different approaches to job and skills transformation, and corporate universities are one of the strategic drivers in this process,” Goujon said. “Organizations must continue to evaluate and innovate their talent development strategies to realize positive results and keep up with the jobs of the future. This white paper will put them on the right path to do just that.”

View “The New World of Corporate Universities: Challenges, Trends & Opportunities.”


Created by BPI group, a founding partner, and Leaders League, the organizer, the first U-Spring: Reimagining the Corporate University conference was held on April 7, 2016, in Paris. It gathered more than 550 decision makers: HR leaders, training directors, learning and development professionals, heads of corporate universities, and representatives from several French government ministries, including the Labor Ministry, Defense Ministry, and General Delegation for Employment and Vocational Training (DGEFP). Through presentations, hands-on workshops, and case studies, attendees explored best practices in training and corporate learning: new educational practices, the digital revolution, distance education, business models, and the certification of corporate universities.

About BPI group

BPI group, the global experts in leadership, talent, and career transition, offers customized talent solutions and direct access to top thought leaders across the talent management lifecycle, including: leadership developmentexecutive coaching and assessmentcareer transitionchange management, and team optimization facilitation, among others. BPI group’s North American headquarters are located in Chicago.