In nature, an ecosystem refers to the combination of a community of living things, the non-living elements that make up their environment, and the many ways in which those individual elements interact. In order for an ecosystem to thrive, the individual components must connect and support one another, balancing each other so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Ecosystems exist in the workplace as well. Understanding the structure and dependencies of an organizational ecosystem can help you build a better learning and performance strategy.
These slides were used during a conference session exploring the expanded scope of a learning and performance ecosystem, examining the numerous components that contribute to learning and performance improvement. It also explored how these individual components can be combined into a single cohesive strategy in which the whole is more than the sum of its parts.