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The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

The Impact of Organisational Culture on Learning and Learning Outcomes: Findings from the Healthcare Sector

Dr Nicholas R. Clarke.

Within the literature on workplace learning the importance of a continuous learning climate or learning culture has been suggested as necessary to support workplace learning. However despite the proliferation of offerings concerning the characteristics of such a culture, empirical support for much of those conditions associated with an organisation’s culture and posited to influence learning remains limited. There is also a lack of specificity regarding the type of learning that different aspects of an organisation’s culture is supposed to influence. This paper presents findings from a study of healthcare organisations suggesting that key aspects of an organisation’s culture differentially impact on learning outcomes dependent upon the nature of knowledge involved. In particular (1) Empowerment & Communication, and (2) Opportunities for reflection and Job Challenge, were found to be associated with procedural rather than propositional knowledge learning outcomes.


Dr Nicholas R. Clarke  (United Kingdom)

Management Department at the Business School
University of Greenwich

Senior lecturer in organisation studies with research interests in the area of HRD, training, learning, managing change and networks

  • Organisational Culture
  • Learning
  • Knowledge

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)