Culture and learning in a high-tech environment: The relationship between cultural values and informal learning activities of highly qualified employees.

Dijken, Danny van (2017) Culture and learning in a high-tech environment: The relationship between cultural values and informal learning activities of highly qualified employees.

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Abstract:Informal learning is seen as one of the most important approaches of knowledge acquisition in high-tech multinational organisations in order to gain a competitive advantage, but still is difficult to identify. In general, informal learning provides a simple contrast to formal learning or training. It is unstructured and suggests greater flexibility or freedom for learners, ingredients which are related to innovation. Even more challenging is the fact that multinational organisations have to create a working environment where employees from all around the world are able to work together. However, employees who are from a culture where working individually is valued as more productive might find it more difficult to operate in a team. Until now, the knowledge gap between learning and culture is only partially understood and gaining insight is beneficial for providing suitable learning opportunities for each individual. It is clear that each individual has its own cultural values, but it is unclear whether the cultural values also influence the performed informal learning activities. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine what the relationship is between cultural values have and informal learning activities
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 79 andragology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71807
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