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J Health Organ Manag. 2013;27(3):390-408.

Challenges in transferring individual learning to organizational learning in the residential care of older people.

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Medical Management Centre, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the outcomes of a workplace learning intervention on organizational learning and to identify factors influencing the creation of organizational learning in residential care of older people.

DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH:

The study consisted of a quasi-experimental intervention for outcome evaluation. In addition, a case study design was used to identify factors influencing organizational learning. Outcomes were evaluated using the validated Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire at three time points, and interviews were conducted with nursing staff and managers.

FINDINGS:

The intervention had some effects on the individual level, but no improvements in organizational learning were found. Hindering factors for creating organizational learning were poor initial learning climate, managers' uncertainty about their role, lack of ownership and responsibility among staff and managers, managers' views of personality being a more important component than staff development in older people's care, and a lack of systems for capturing acquired knowledge.

ORIGINALITY/VALUE:

The study offers suggestions for the transfer of individual-level learning to organizational learning in older people's care.

PMID:
23885400
DOI:
10.1108/JHOM-Sep-2012-0163
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