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Digital learning orientation and innovative behavior in the higher education sector: effects of organizational learning culture and readiness for change

Nimitha Aboobaker (DDU Kaushal Kendra, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)
Zakkariya KA (DDU Kaushal Kendra, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 6 May 2021

Issue publication date: 21 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

In the emergent context of the digital transformation of learning processes, this study aims to examine the influence of students' digital learning orientation on their innovative behavior, mediated through readiness for change. Furthermore, we investigate how organizational learning culture moderates the aforementioned mediated relationship. From an educational sector stakeholders' perspective, elaborations are made on how the constructs will aid in facilitating and nurturing the sustainable development of educational organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

The respondents for this descriptive study were drawn from a student sample, who had taken up postgraduate courses in science and technology streams, in a prominent university in India. Self-reporting questionnaires were administered among the respondents, who were selected through random sampling. Measurement model analysis was done using IBM AMOS 21.0, and path analytic procedures using PROCESS 3.0 macro were used to test the proposed hypotheses.

Findings

The results revealed that digital learning orientation had a significant indirect effect on innovative work behavior, through readiness for change. Also, the conditional indirect effects of digital learning orientation on innovative work behavior, mediated through readiness for change, were influenced by organizational learning culture as the moderator, specifically when the levels of the moderator were low. At optimal levels of an organizational learning culture, digital learning orientation had a significant influence on innovative behavior, through higher readiness for change. However, beyond a certain threshold, organizational learning culture does not have a significant influence on predicting outcomes.

Originality/value

This study is pioneering in conceptualizing and testing a theoretical model linking digital learning orientation, organizational learning culture, readiness for change and innovative behavior. The study is relevant especially in the context of today's students being referred to as “digital natives,” and it, thus, becomes imperative to understand how the same can be translated into work outcomes. Educators are suggested to facilitate an organizational learning culture that is conducive to nurturing positive outcomes among digital native students. Efforts should be oriented toward undertaking teaching pedagogies that will include more of digital gadgets and technologies, enabling higher experiential learning.

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Acknowledgements

Statements on open data, ethics and conflict of interest: Consent was given by all participants, and they were aware that they could withdraw from the study at any time. The data are available upon request via email to the first author. The institution approves the study, and all data were collected anonymously and voluntarily. All authors report no conflict of interest.

The authors thank the editor and anonymous reviewers who helped them to improve the quality of the manuscript.

Citation

Aboobaker, N. and KA, Z. (2021), "Digital learning orientation and innovative behavior in the higher education sector: effects of organizational learning culture and readiness for change", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 35 No. 5, pp. 1030-1047. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-09-2019-0345

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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