Keywords: learning, organisational learning, learning environment, knowledge sharing, knowledge management, employee engagement, creativity, productivity
Many organisations these days place a strong emphasis on creating a positive learning environment within which employees, managers and leaders are strongly encouraged to be flexible, creative and to learn. The usefulness of creating a learning organisation is pretty much beyond doubt. Many previous studies have shown that learning organisations tend to be significantly more adaptable, long-term, profitable and productive. Further, recent studies have found that creating a positive learning environment within an organisation:
- Improves its competitive outlook
- Motivates employees
- Increases both cognitive and behavioural adaptation to change
- Improves organisational flexibility
- Enhances skills and capabilities development
- Improves employee retention.
So, whilst there is a lot of evidence to support the assertion that ‘learning organisations’ tend to do better on a range of measures, there has until now been little research around the impact of employees’ perceptions of the organisation’s learning environment.
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