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The inseparable nature of working and learning: peripheral management practice that facilitates employee learning

Jay Andrew Cohen (Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, NMIT, Melbourne, Australia)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 29 July 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to look at the peripheral management practice that facilitates employee learning. Such management practices are embedded or inseparable to working and being a good manager.

Design/methodology/approach

Point of view.

Findings

For many frontline managers and their employees, the separation between working and learning is often not apparent. There appears to be no clear distinction between when they are working and when they are learning.

Practical implications

Better development of organizational managers.

Originality/value

This paper highlights the informal nature of learning and working and builds on the understanding that much of the learning that occurs at work occurs as part of a social act, often involving managers and their employees. In this way, employee learning that is identified and facilitated by frontline managers is so often entwined in other management activity. Furthermore, this paper outlines some practical actions that organizations can undertake to aid greater frontline management involvement in employee learning.

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Citation

Andrew Cohen, J. (2014), "The inseparable nature of working and learning: peripheral management practice that facilitates employee learning", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 10-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-03-2014-0020

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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