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Measuring organisational learning capability among the workforce

Ricardo Chiva (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)
Joaquin Alegre (Universitat de València, València, Spain)
Rafael Lapiedra (Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Publication date: 19 June 2007

Abstract

Purpose

The present study sets out to propose and validate a measurement scale that aims to capture the organisational capability to learn, based on a comprehensive analysis of the facilitating factors for learning. The organisational learning capability scale consists of 14 items grouped into five dimensions: experimentation, risk taking, interaction with the external environment, dialogue, and participative decision making.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from eight Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers. The survey was addressed to shop floor workers. A total of 157 valid questionnaires were obtained, representing a response rate of 61 per cent. Using confirmatory factor analysis, the construct measurement model was tested and the scale was validated.

Findings

The results of the study indicate that the operational measure developed here satisfies the criteria for unidimensionality, reliability, and validity.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the sample features, final results should be considered with caution. Further research is needed to validate the organisational learning capability scale in other contexts and addressed to other kinds of respondents. However, this study contributes to organisational learning research by providing a valid and reliable operational measure that is expected to help researchers in future theory testing.

Practical implications

The proposed measurement scale for organisational learning capability could be implemented as an audit tool. Thus, managers could unveil which organisational learning issues are strong and which are weak. This would provide guidance for improvement.

Originality/value

This paper provides a new measurement instrument for organisational learning capability.

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Citation

Chiva, R., Alegre, J. and Lapiedra, R. (2007), "Measuring organisational learning capability among the workforce", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 28 No. 3/4, pp. 224-242. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437720710755227

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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