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Learning conditions, members’ motivation and satisfaction: a multilevel analysis

Isabel Dórdio Dimas (Águeda School of Technology and Management, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal)
Teresa Rebelo (Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)
Paulo Renato Lourenço (Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper was to contribute to the clarification of the conditions under which teams can be successful, especially those related to team learning. To attain this goal, in the present study, the mediating role played by team members’ motivation on the relationship between team learning conditions (shared learning beliefs and team learning support) and members’ satisfaction with the team was analysed.

Design/methodology/approach

An empirical study with a multilevel design was carried out. Data concerning learning conditions, motivation and satisfaction were obtained from a survey among 398 employees working in 71 teams that perform complex tasks from 24 companies. A multilevel analysis was conducted.

Findings

Overall, the results showed that both team learning conditions – shared learning beliefs and team learning support – had a significant positive effect on members’ satisfaction, which was mediated by members’ motivation.

Originality/value

The proliferation of groups in the organizational setting has set new challenges for organizational research. In fact, more than ever it is necessary to study the conditions under which teams can be successful. Our findings put forward the relevance of creating conditions in the team to learn to increase team effectiveness, namely, in terms of team members’ satisfaction.

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Citation

Dimas, I.D., Rebelo, T. and Lourenço, P.R. (2015), "Learning conditions, members’ motivation and satisfaction: a multilevel analysis", The Learning Organization, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 131-147. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLO-10-2014-0060

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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