The purpose of this study is to ascertain whether there were differences in how one public and two private South African organizations created a learning climate.
This article is based on a survey and comparative analysis of specific departments in a chemical and gas company, an insurance company, and a semi‐private state‐owned organization (SPSOO) to establish dimensions that foster the creation of a learning climate.
The findings indicated that management support, autonomy and responsibility, time, the opportunity to develop, and guidelines to access information were pivotal in the creation of a learning climate and varied across organizations.
The results indicated that variations across departments within each of these three organizations relating to employees' perceptions of a learning climate were not considered.
The study revealed that a learning climate can be created in different types of organizations through organizational, group and individual drivers. It further revealed that the strategy in creating a climate of learning should be aligned with the organization's structure, culture and goals.
This article makes a contribution to the literature on talent development in organizations as it indicates that different strategies can be utilized in successfully creating a learning climate in different types of organizations.
Mohamed Hoosen Carrim, N. and Schutte Basson, J. (2013), "Creating a learning climate: a South African study", The Learning Organization, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 6-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/09696471311288492Download as .RIS
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