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Team building, employee empowerment and employee competencies: Moderating role of organizational learning culture

Rama Krishna Gupta Potnuru (Institute of Computers and Business Management – School of Business Excellence, Hyderabad, India)
Chandan Kumar Sahoo (School of Management, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India)
Rohini Sharma (Foundation for Technology and Business Incubation, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 14 November 2018

Issue publication date: 20 February 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of team building and employee empowerment on employee competencies and examine the moderating role of organizational learning culture in between these relationships.

Design/methodology/approach

An integrated research model is developed by combining resource-based view, signalling theory and experiential learning theory. The validity of the model is tested by applying moderated structural equation modelling (MSEM) approach to the data collected from 653 employees working in cement manufacturing companies. The reliability and validity of the dimensions are established through confirmatory factor analysis and the related hypotheses are tested by using MSEM.

Findings

The findings suggest that organizational learning culture significantly strengthens the relationships of team building and employee empowerment on employee competencies.

Research limitations/implications

The research is undertaken in Indian cement manufacturing companies which cannot be generalized across a broader range of sectors and international environment.

Practical implications

The findings of the study have potential to help decision makers of manufacturing companies to develop strategies which will enable them to improve employee competency, to formulate effective human resource development interventions and to enhance the capability of the employees to achieve desired goals and objectives of the organization.

Originality/value

The research is unique in its attempt to combine three frameworks to build a new theoretical model explaining the importance organizational learning culture along with team building and employee empowerment.

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Citation

Potnuru, R.K.G., Sahoo, C.K. and Sharma, R. (2019), "Team building, employee empowerment and employee competencies: Moderating role of organizational learning culture", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 43 No. 1/2, pp. 39-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-08-2018-0086

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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