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Manager stimulation of employee self-regulated learning

Paul Lyons (Department of Management, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, USA)
Randall P. Bandura (Department of Accounting, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, USA)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 5 June 2017




The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential benefits of integrating self-regulated learning with skill charting, a training and development tool. The following areas are examined: manager-as-coach, self-regulated learning, and skill development through skill charting.


This discussion of manager stimulation through the integration of self-regulated learning and skill charting is based on an extensive literature review of recent research as well as that done by the authors.


There are many practical opportunities for managers to enhance self-regulated learning of employees using skill charting. Because self-regulated learners tend to reflect a growth mindset they are more likely to engage in performance improvement, change and innovation. These personal characteristics are highly valued by most managers as they may provide a competitive advantage for organizations. Managers, acting as coaches with individuals or small groups, can be instrumental in helping employees to internalize self-regulating learning practices at the same time the employees participate in learning important job skills. The approach offered here also encourages team-building skills, knowledge acquisition, and employee engagement.


This fresh look at an integration of self-regulated learning with the skill-charting approach offers specific, practical suggestions for manager stimulation of self-regulated learning.



Lyons, P. and Bandura, R.P. (2017), "Manager stimulation of employee self-regulated learning", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 49 No. 5, pp. 205-212.



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