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A systematic review of gamification in organizational learning

Rouhollah Khodabandelou (Department of Instructional and Learning Technologies, College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Al-Khodh, Oman)
Parastoo Roghanian (Department of Management, Islamic Azad University, Electronic Branch, Tehran, Iran)
Hamed Gheysari (Department of Management, Islamic Azad University, Tehran North Branch, Tehran, Iran)
Azadeh Amoozegar (Department of Instructional and Learning Technologies, College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Al-Khodh, Oman)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 6 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Gamification appears to be one of the most important levers for improving performance and engagement in training programs. Moreover, gamification has been considered as critical to researchers in organizational learning. The main purpose of this study is to provide a general overview of gamification studies in the organizational context.

Design/methodology/approach

This systematic literature review has been synthesized by reviewing the majority of literature reviews as well as carefully selected primary research studies published between 2010 and 2020.

Findings

The result of the study revealed that gamification has become a popular technique to improve employee and organizational capabilities. The features of the gamification have been reviewed from three mechanics, dynamics and aesthetics perspectives. Additionally, three primary, middle and optimal affordances and core functions of gamification in organizational learning have been identified and examined.

Originality/value

This paper fills a gap in the literature regarding the gamification field for systematic review results in an organizational learning context.

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Citation

Khodabandelou, R., Roghanian, P., Gheysari, H. and Amoozegar, A. (2022), "A systematic review of gamification in organizational learning", The Learning Organization, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLO-05-2022-0057

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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