Title: Facilitating learning and change for performance improvement

Authors: Raduan Che Rose, Naresh Kumar

Addresses: Graduate School of Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang Selangor 43400, Malaysia. ' Graduate School of Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang Selangor 43400, Malaysia

Abstract: A review of the literature reveals that learning organisation is likely to have significant impact on performance improvement. Nevertheless, a reduced amount of empirical research exists to support the significant relationship between learning organisation dimensions and performance improvement among Private Higher Learning Institutions (PHLIs). Thus to understand the relationship, managerial responses to the Dimensions of the Learning Organisation Questionnaire (DLOQ) together with perceived measures of PHLIs| financial and knowledge performance were obtained. The exploratory models suggested that provision of strategic leadership for learning and, establishment of systems to capture and share learning are more likely to contribute positively to perceive financial and knowledge performance improvements. Additionally creation of continuous learning opportunities and, encouragement of collaborative and team learning have influenced the perceived financial performance and knowledge performance, respectively. This study also provides evidence on the reliability of the DLOQ in measuring the learning practices of PHLIs.

Keywords: learning organisations; private higher learning institutions; PHLIs; financial performance; knowledge performance; Malaysia; performance improvement; strategic leadership; change; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLC.2006.010973

International Journal of Learning and Change, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.317 - 328

Published online: 24 Sep 2006 *

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