In the 1970s, the publishers of Industry Week magazine co-founded a company called Penton Learning Systems (PLS). Its mission and purpose was to “supply the missing link between a number of disconnected colleges and universities, each marginally effective in designing and developing short courses for managerial and professional workers, and an integrated system of great power.” The simple concept proved valid and for 15 years, PLS managed this consortium with great success. It assisted in the design and development of over 30,000 short courses/seminars in the fields of quality management, project management, finance and accounting, marketing management, strategic planning and implementation and more.

Defining powerful niche-course topics or problem-specific topics was a skill that was integrated into the structure of PLS. It’s a skill that in 1989 transformed PLS into the International Quality and Productivity Centre and our core focus on designing, developing and marketing the world’s leading conferences.


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