WIAL's history is quite fascinating. In 1995, WIAL co-founder Michael Marquardt met Reg Revans, widely recognized as the father of Action Learning. The two men began a dialogue that led to the development of the WIAL model of Action Learning, which focuses on continual learning. After years of testing, research, and refinement, the model took final form in the renowned six components and two ground rules of Action Learning.
WIAL's Action Learning approach has elevated the performance of hundreds of organizations worldwide including Microsoft, Caterpillar, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boeing, Samsung, LG Electronics, Alcoa, US Departments of State, Energy, Commerce and Agriculture, Hong Kong Transit, Goodrich, National Institutes of Health, Singapore Airlines, IBM, Nokia, Constellation Energy, Siemens, Posco Steel, International Labor Organization, McKay Foundation, and SulAmerica Insurance. Many universities around the world have incorporated the WIAL model into their curricula and learning methodology.
WIAL sponsors Action Learning Forums in many countries around the world. WIAL members have written numerous books and articles on the subject of Action Learning, including three that are destined to be classics in the field - Action Learning in Action, Optimizing the Power of Action Learning, and Action Learning for Developing Leaders and Organizations: Principles, Strategies, and Cases.
Today, WIAL has more than 19 country affiliates around the globe.
Professor Reginald Revans is the originator of Action Learning. He invented and developed this method in the United Kingdom in the 1940s, working in the Coal Board. He encouraged managers to meet together in small groups, to share their experiences and ask each other questions about what they saw and heard. The approach increased productivity by over 30%.