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Lifelong learning of professionals : the importance of workplace learning

Rohde, Moritz (2023) Lifelong learning of professionals : the importance of workplace learning.

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Abstract:Due to the increasing speed of technical developments, companies struggle to keep their staff educated. Therefore, efficient learning at the workplace has become very important. Especially informal learning has gained increasing attention. Next to financial benefits for the company, it results in efficiently working employees, increases their satisfaction and increases the retainment rate of skilled employees. Further, factors structural empowerment and proactivity are expected to have a positive effect on informal learning. Hence, the current study focuses on various relationships between perceived structural empowerment, proactivity and informal learning. Additionally, this is a replication study of Lippers (2022). An experience sampling method with a pre- and post-questionnaire were used over the course of up to ten working days on 21 German or Dutch employees to measure all constructs. In the analysis the influences of proactive personality, proactive behaviour and structural empowerment on informal learning were checked. Furthermore, various interaction effects of structural empowerment and a mediation of proactive behaviour between the connection of proactive personality and informal learning were tested. All major analyses were conducted using a multilevel model analysis. Among other effects, the results show that perceived structural empowerment and proactive behaviour have a positive effect on informal learning. Structural empowerment might increase informal learning because it is intended to support the employee with work related goals (Amor et al., 2021). Hence, with the goal to learn, structural empowerment would support an employee. Regarding proactive behaviour, it might increase informal learning due to self-directed behaviour which leads to an increased encounter with novel situations to learn from.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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