How task characteristics and social support relate to managerial learning: empirical evidence from Dutch home care
SourceThe Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 143, 1, (2009), pp. 28-44
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SW OZ BSI AO
The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
SubjectWork, Health and Performance
Researchers have revealed that managers profit most from informal and on-the-job learning. Moreover, research has shown that task characteristics and social support affect informal learning. On the basis of these insights. the authors examined the effects of task characteristics (psychological job demands, job control) and social support from the supervisor and colleagues on informal on-the-job learning among 1,588 managers in the Dutch home-care sector. A regression analysis revealed that high demands, high control, and high colleague and supervisor support were each associated with high levels of informal learning. The authors found no evidence for statistical interactions among the effects of these concepts. They concluded that to promote managers' informal workplace learning, employers should especially increase job control.
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