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Learning in manufacturing organizations:what factors predict effectiveness?

Shipton, Helen and Dawson, Jeremy and West, Michael and Patterson, Malcolm (2002) Learning in manufacturing organizations:what factors predict effectiveness? Human Resource Development International, 5 (1). pp. 55-72. ISSN 1469-8374

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Abstract

This paper argues that it is possible to identify factors which pre-dispose organizations to adopt effective learning strategies and processes. It is hypothesized that effective OL is associated with: proŽtability, environmental uncertainty, structure, approach to HRM and quality orientation. The study focuses on forty-four manufacturing organizations, and draws on longitudinal data gathered through interviews. The finndings suggest that two of these variables – approach to HRM and quality orientation – are particularly strongly correlated with measures of OL. It is concluded that effective learning mechanisms, with the potential to improve the quality of OL processes, are more likely to be established in businesses where HRM and quality initiatives are well established.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Human Resource Development International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational Learning ; Quality ; Tqm ; Hrm ; Structure And Profitability
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
ID Code: 57296
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2012 18:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2014 09:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57296

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