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Differential impact of work-based learning on employee agility, ambidexterity and proactive goal generation

Charles Hanu (Faculty of Business Studies, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana and Department of Human Resource, Durban University of Technology – ML Sultan Campus, Durban, South Africa)
Hayford Amegbe (Department of Marketing and Retail, Durban University of Technology – ML Sultan Campus, Durban, South Africa)
Monica Dede Tekyi Ansah Yawson (Department of Human Resource, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa and Faculty of Business Studies, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana)
Philip Mensah (Faculty of Business Studies, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana and Department of Business Administration, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 26 September 2022

Issue publication date: 1 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the moderating effect of supportive organisational culture (SOC) on the differential impact of work-based learning (WBL) on employee agility, ambidexterity and proactive goal generation.

Design/methodology/approach

A cross-sectional survey was conducted using an online structured questionnaire with 443 respondents in Ghana. The data set was analysed using structural equation modelling.

Findings

The outcomes of the study show that WBL has a significant and positive impact on employee agility, ambidexterity and proactive goal generation. However, the effect on employee agility was higher, followed by proactive goal generation and employee ambidexterity. The moderating effect of SOC on H1, H3a and H3b was found to have a decreasing effect.

Originality/value

This study augments knowledge by examining how different approaches to WBL collectively affect proactive goal generation, agility and ambidexterity. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first attempt to examine the differential impact of summative WBL approaches on employee outcomes.

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Citation

Hanu, C., Amegbe, H., Yawson, M.D.T.A. and Mensah, P. (2023), "Differential impact of work-based learning on employee agility, ambidexterity and proactive goal generation", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 92-111. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-01-2022-0005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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