The learning organization: motivating employees by integrating TQM philosophy in a supportive organizational culture

Steven W. Pool (Associate Professor of Management, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, USA)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

An organizational development model is developed to measure the constructs of a learning organization. A descriptive study was conducted investigating the relationships of total quality management, organizational culture and their impact upon a learning organization. The study investigated the attributes of a learning organization and its influence upon employee motivation. A total of 307 executives participated in the survey. The survey revealed that many executives had pursued professional development programs in TQM principles and/or in Senge’s organizational learning principles over the last four years. The executives completed a questionnaire measuring their perceptions involving the principles of a learning organization, TQM attributes, and their organizational culture. The results indicate a corporation implementing TQM principles in a supportive organizational culture has a positive and significant relationship with organizational learning compared to those executives not exposed to these constructs. Also, the findings revealed a positive and significant relationship between a learning organization and the motivational level of its business executives.

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Pool, S. (2000), "The learning organization: motivating employees by integrating TQM philosophy in a supportive organizational culture", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 21 No. 8, pp. 373-378. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437730010379276

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