Title: Learning under pressure: learning strategies, workplace climate, and leadership style in the hospitality industry

Authors: Paula Bernsen, Mien Segers, Harm H. Tillema

Addresses: Department of Educational Studies, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands. ' Department of Educational Studies, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands. ' Department of Educational Studies, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9555, 2300 RB Leiden, The Netherlands

Abstract: In this study we explored the relationship among learning strategies, leadership style, and work environment for middle managers in the hospitality industry. We found an association between learning strategy and workplace climate; we also found an association with leadership style, but to a lesser extent. In the hospitality industry, a deep learning strategy was linked to a heavy workload, while surface (disorganised) learning strategies were associated with a transactional (reward oriented) leadership style. These somewhat surprising findings suggest the need for further research into the conditions under which workload and leadership style can enhance a (deep) strategy to learning.

Keywords: learning strategy; workplace climate; leadership style;s hospitality industry; middle managers; work environment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2009.025069

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2009 Vol.9 No.4, pp.358 - 373

Available online: 11 May 2009 *

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