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The mediation role of intentional organizational forgetting in the relationship between organizational learning and innovation management

Damla Ayduğ (Faculty of Sport Sciences, Istanbul Gedik University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Esmahan Ağaoğlu (Department of Educational Sciences, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 3 August 2022

Issue publication date: 1 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the mediation role of intentional organizational forgetting in the relationship between organizational learning and innovation management according to faculty members’ opinions.

Design/methodology/approach

Research was designed as a relational survey model. The population of the study consisted of faculty members who work at X University, Y University and Z University during 2019–2020 academic year. The sample consisted of 524 faculty members who were selected by using stratified sample technique from the population. Data of the study was collected with organizational learning scale, organizational forgetting scale and innovation management scale. In the analysis of the research data, descriptive statistics, correlation analysis, structural equation modeling and bootstrapping method were applied.

Findings

According to the results of the study, it was found statistically meaningful and positive relationships between organizational learning, innovation management and intentional forgetting in higher education institutions with respect to faculty members’ opinions. Moreover, according to the results of structural equation modeling, it was found that intentional forgetting had a partial mediating effect in the relationship between organizational learning and innovation management. Finally, according to the results of bootstrapping analysis, indirect effects were found to be significant.

Originality/value

Based on research results, it may be recommended for practitioners that higher education institutions implement both organizational learning processes and intentional forgetting processes effectively at the same time to become a more innovative organization.

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Acknowledgements

This study was supported by project number 1807E273 which was accepted by the Anadolu University Scientific Research Projects Commission.

Declaration of conflicting interests: The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.

Authors’ note: This study is derived from the doctorate thesis titled “The mediation role of organizational forgetting in the relationship between faculty members’ opinions on organizational learning and innovation management” conducted at the Anadolu University Institute of Educational Sciences, Department of Educational Management, Inspection, Planning and Economy.

Citation

Ayduğ, D. and Ağaoğlu, E. (2023), "The mediation role of intentional organizational forgetting in the relationship between organizational learning and innovation management", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 17-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-10-2021-0129

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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