ERIC Number: EJ1129030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Managers' Informal Learning: A Trait Activation Theory Perspective
Noe, Raymond A.; Tews, Michael J.; Michel, John W.
International Journal of Training and Development, v21 n1 p1-17 Mar 2017
Research focusing on how individual differences and the work context influence informal learning is growing but incomplete. This study contributes to our understanding of the antecedents of informal learning by examining the relationships of goal orientation, job autonomy and training climate with informal learning. Based on trait activation theory, this study examines how job autonomy and training climate, two work context factors, affect the influence of individuals' goal orientation on informal learning. The sample included managers from a national restaurant chain in the United states. Higher levels of learning goal orientation, job autonomy and a supportive training climate were found to result in more informal learning. Congruent with trait activation theory, training climate moderated the goal orientation-informal learning relationship, but not in the expected direction for avoid goal orientation. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Administrators, Informal Education, Goal Orientation, Professional Autonomy, Educational Environment, Context Effect, Dining Facilities, Personality Theories
Wiley-Blackwell. 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148. Tel: 800-835-6770; Tel: 781-388-8598; Fax: 781-388-8232; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A