ERIC Number: EJ1169480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Three Generational Issues in Organizational Learning: Knowledge Management, Perspectives on Training and "Low-Stakes" Development
Sprinkle, Therese A.; Urick, Michael J.
Learning Organization, v25 n2 p102-112 2018
Purpose: Methods for facilitating learning and knowledge transfer in multigenerational workplaces are of importance to organizations. Yet, intergenerational learning is vastly understudied in academic organizational literature. This conceptual paper aims to recommend future directions for studying intergenerational learning by examining three interrelated considerations. Design/methodology/approach: General knowledge management concepts, various generationally based perspectives on training and low-stakes development initiatives, are examined by integrating the existing literature. Findings: The authors suggest that improved learning will occur in organizations that facilitate targeted socialization, respond to new preferences and trends in development programs while leveraging multiple approaches including informal/individualized initiatives (such as on-the-job education, mentorship programs) and embrace multiple types of volunteering activities. Originality value: Although other work has reviewed intergenerational learning, this is the first research to focus on multigenerational learning while considering tacit and practical learning transference from inside and outside the organization.
Descriptors: Knowledge Management, Generational Differences, Workplace Learning, Intergenerational Programs, Training, Socialization, Labor Force Development, Mentors, Volunteers
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