It’s a debate that seems to be in a constant boil. Is it just me or does this feel a bit like Team Jacob (centralized wolf pack) and Team Edward (adventurous man of mystery) - where they both seem dreamy? Come on. Afraid to admit you loved the Twilight books, too?
Let’s look at Team Jacob. Those that advocate for centralization talk about the consistency, the economies of scale, the cost savings, and the transparency. Can having a centralized decision-making function for learning development save you money? Yes. Pat Smolen, ASTD Suncoast Board Member, found that her organization saved $3M in one year alone.