Introducing the Bersin & Associates Lexicon

Today we begin the introduction of a major new source of research, information, and support for HR and L&D professionals, the Bersin & Associates Lexicon®.

The Lexicon is a new, online resource designed as the first-ever consolidation of definitions, examples, case-studies, and research on all the major terms and processes in the broad areas of human resources, enterprise learning, and talent management.  Built upon our 10+ years of research in this industry, we are assembling our best definitions and examples of all the important, and sometimes arcane, topics which you need to understand.

We decided to build this resource for two reasons.  First, we found over the years that one of the biggest challenges HR and training professionals face in their jobs is keeping up with all the tools, technologies, approaches, and philosophies around them.  While we cannot possibly hope to capture all the good ideas and solutions in the market, as an analyst firm we feel responsible for sharing the information we find.  So we hope that the Lexicon, as it grows and prospers, becomes a safe, independent place to learn about our field.

Second, we found that some of the most useful things in our research are our maturity models, frameworks, and market maps – things we build after years of study and debate.  We found ourselves continuously republishing these things in various forms, and felt that it would be easier for us (and our readers and research members) to find these things in one place.  The Lexicon will not be a replacement for our research library, since the material we publish here is free.  But we will publish all available public domain research we develop (findings, models, frameworks) so over time you will find it an easy place to find Bersin & Associates position and research on a topic.

Today the system is new, so there are only around 300 different definitions included.  But our plan is to grow this rapidly and aggressively, and over time open it up to you.  Right now you can suggest any term you would like us to include – and we plan to enable our research members to add their own examples and models as well.  Over time you will be able to add your own content, so register on our website so you can participate as the system becomes more open.

We know that the Lexicon is new, so in the words of Google, it’s really in “beta.”  But we hope it grows quickly and evolves rapidly – all our analysts are very excited to have it and we plan to rapidly add more content over time.

We encourage you to point your blogs, websites, internal portals or other tools to the Lexicon for support.  If you feel a need to write about a topic which we have defined in the Lexicon, feel free to link to the Lexicon so your readers will have access to these definitions which are constantly being updated and refreshed over time.

We look forward to this exciting adventure, and as always we welcome your suggestions and feedback.  Let’s let the Lexicon grow and flourish, and we look forward to your contributions!