Towards a learning organization? Employee perceptions

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  • McCarthy C
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Purpose – The purpose of this research is to explore employee perceptions of the development of a learning culture in a medium‐sized manufacturing company that was aspiring to become a learning organization.Design/methodology/approach – The research comprised an extended interview with the company's Organizational Development Manager, a validated questionnaire on the learning organization with a cross‐section of 80 staff, and semi‐structured interviews with a stratified sample of 20 employees.Findings – The company was using learning to develop its competitive edge, and employees were at various stages of understanding and acceptance of the need for learning and competence development on the job to sustain and develop the company. A tension was detected between the company's objectives and the aspirations of some employees, but the majority appeared to accept the overt learning policy as good for them and the company.Research limitations/implications – Through circumstances, the sample of employees includ...

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  • Darryl Dymock

  • Carmel McCarthy

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