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Employee learning processes in New Zealand small manufacturing firms
ECU Publications 2011
  • Alan J Coetzer, Edith Cowan University
  • Raja Peter, Massey University
  • Vasanthi Peter, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
Publication Date
1-1-2011
Document Type
Journal Article
Publisher
eContent Management
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Management
RAS ID
12428
Comments
This article was originally published as: Coetzer, A. J., Peter, R., & Peter, V. (2011). Employee learning processes in New Zealand small manufacturing firms. Journal of Management and Organization, 17(6), 764-781. Original article available here. here
Abstract

We investigate differences between the ways novices and experienced specialists perceive their workplaces as learning environments and also examine differences between the learning processes of these two groups of employees. The study's research questions are explored by applying discriminant analysis to survey data collected from 218 employees in 31 New Zealand small manufacturing firms. We found that novices and experienced specialists do differ significantly in their perceptions of (1) work environment conditions that either help or hinder learning, (2) supervisors' proximate support for learning, and (3) satisfaction with workplace learning. We also found that novices and experienced specialists do differ significantly in terms of the sources and methods of learning that they use. Our results identify the individual variables that contribute most to the discrimination between the two groups. Limitations of the study and the implications of our findings for researching and managing employee learning in small firms are discussed

DOI
10.5172/jmo.2011.17.6.764
Citation Information
Alan J Coetzer, Raja Peter and Vasanthi Peter. "Employee learning processes in New Zealand small manufacturing firms" (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alan_coetzer/17/