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ERIC Number: EJ801487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0309-0590
Culture, Organizational Learning and Selected Employee Background Variables in Small-Size Business Enterprises
Graham, Carroll M.; Nafukho, Fredrick Muyia
Journal of European Industrial Training, v31 n2 p127-144 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between four independent variables educational level, longevity, type of enterprise, and gender and the dependent variable culture, as a dimension that explains organizational learning readiness in seven small-size business enterprises. Design/methodology/approach: An exploratory correlational research design was employed to survey 498 employees in seven small-size business enterprises in the Southern and mid-Western United States. Findings: Three pseudo-interval variables (education, longevity, and type of enterprise) accounted for 15.3 percent of the variance in the dependent variable culture as a means to explain organizational learning readiness. Research limitations/implications: Generalizing results beyond the specific context of small-size business enterprise may not be possible. Thus, the interpretations are limited to the seven small-size business enterprises studied. Practical implications: Certain types of enterprises form learning cultures conducive to organizational learning readiness more than do others. Also, seasoned employees may have developed a keen sense for detecting deficiencies within the learning infrastructure. Originality/value: This study focused on variables not previously studied in small-size business enterprises that explain organizational learning readiness. Thus, the results of this study will benefit the small-size business entrepreneur interested in building a learning culture. (Contains 1 figure and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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