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Examining online learning platform characteristics and employee engagement relationship during Covid-19

Vinit Ghosh (Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya, Bodh Gaya, India)
Manaswita Bharadwaja (Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya, Bodh Gaya, India)
Hory Mukherjee (Infosys Ltd, Bhubaneswar, India)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 20 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

As work-from-home policies were being implemented during Covid-19, organizations have been migrating their learning and development programs to digital platforms. This study aims to understand the role of employees’ perceptions about four key attributes of online learning platforms (OLPs), namely, online environment, ease of use, online content (OC) and online engagement anchors in their levels of work engagement (WE). Further, it also investigates how the personality attributes of the employees and financial incentives for online learning influence this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

Using the snowball sampling technique, online questionnaires were distributed to about 350 employees in four IT firms in India who were working from home during the Covid-19 period. The total number of valid responses was 306 and consisted of software developers, technical leads, process specialists, testers and managers. The analysis was done using Python software (V.3.7.4) packages and Process Macro (pyprocessmacro V.1.0.8) developed for Python.

Findings

Perceived OLP features significantly influence employee WE. OC and ease of use are significant influencers of employee WE. The perception of OLP features indirectly affects WE through the learner’s personality characteristics. Moreover, the financial incentive to learn online shares a negative interaction effect with OLP features to influence WE.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the existing literature on virtual knowledge management by identifying the driving factors that reinforce the acceptance of OLPs. Moreover, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first attempt to link online learning management system key characteristics with employee outcome as engagement. Most of the previous work has ignored exploring such a relationship in an organizational setting.

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Citation

Ghosh, V., Bharadwaja, M. and Mukherjee, H. (2022), "Examining online learning platform characteristics and employee engagement relationship during Covid-19", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-05-2022-0154

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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