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Is feedforward the way forward? A case of managers in a manufacturing firm

Ramnath Dixit (Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Pune, India)
Vinita Sinha (Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU) Pune, India)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 5 January 2021

Issue publication date: 21 February 2021



The purpose of this case study is to highlight the role of feedforward as a potential tool for managers in encouraging coworkers and subordinates to excel at their workplace performance.


Insights were captured through real-time observations made during three feedforward sessions conducted at regular intervals during the course of a six-month training intervention. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted with participants to gather individual perspectives.


The findings of the study showed positive results in feedforward as a mechanism to strengthen employee performance at the workplace. Participants also reported deeper involvement in the feedforward process as compared to the conventional feedback method.

Practical implications

The study has wider practical implications in the corporate world, as it provides managers with a practical tool to mentor subordinates and coworkers toward on-the-job performance. Feedforward is easy to apply and forward-looking in its approach.

Social implications

Feedforward has applications in corporate environments as well as families, associations, and academic institutions. It offers immense value by fostering a climate of social support and mutual co-operation.


The feedforward exercise mentioned in the study is relevant on account of its applicability in various organizations across industries. It provides managers with an opportunity to receive and share insightful suggestions with coworkers in an open and transparent environment.



Dixit, R. and Sinha, V. (2021), "Is feedforward the way forward? A case of managers in a manufacturing firm", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 7-10.



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