Organizational learning in context of part-time employment

Kurmet Kivipõld, Richard C. Hoffman
  • International Journal of Organizational Analysis, September 2016, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/ijoa-06-2014-0779

Organizational learning in context of part-time employment

What is it about?

Combining trends in employment flexibility, organizational learning, need for improved leadership, and entrepreneurship is important in managing today’s organizations. This study explores these relationships within a single media firm in Estonia one of the Baltic States. Data for the study were collected using two questionnaires (Organizational Leadership Capability and Dimensions of Learning Organizations) and by in-depth interviews. The results of this study reveal that part time versus full time employees have more positive attitudes towards the organization’s decentralized leadership and of six of seven learning characteristics. It appears that the entrepreneurial orientation of the part time employees helps explain the differences observed. The implications for practice based on this study is that firms should consider their part time employees as a valuable asset not only because of the flexibility they offer the workforce but also because of the special skills and outlooks they bring to the organization.

Why is it important?

This is one of the first studies to explore the relationships among organizational learning, organizational leadership, and entrepreneurship in context of part time employment.

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