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Journal Of Global Strategic Management

Yıl 2007 , Cilt 1 , Sayı 1

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The learning organisation: validating a measuring instrument

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University of Pretoria1
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The EFMD reports in their Survey Summary Service (2006) that "The Learning Organization" topic ranked as the second most enduring idea about strategy and business, out of 10 ideas most likely to last at least another 10 years. Management literature contains a considerable number of references to the learning organization and its characteristics. An instrument developed by Pedler, et. al. (1991) to measure eleven characteristics of the learning organization was used to measure the degree to which respondents considered their own organizations to conform to the eleven characteristics ascribed to the learning organization. The aim of this paper is to report on the research and analyses being done to better understand the factor structure and content of the construct, as well as the predictive and discriminate validity of the same instrument. Item Analysis, Exploratory Factor Analysis and Confirmatory Factor Analysis were used for this purpose. The predictive/discriminatory validity of the instrument, which has been proved to be uni-dimensional, was investigated by means of One-way Analysis of Variance, Stepwise Discrimination Analysis and Discrimination Analysis. The results indicate that the instrument can adequately distinguish respondents from different economic sectors and organizations as well as differentiate respondents in terms of some other variables. The study should be regarded as entirely applicable to the South African cultural and organizational environments.

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