The influence of learning styles on knowledge acquisition in public sector management

Mahmud, Anis, Armstrong, Steven J. and Zhu, Zhichang (2004) The influence of learning styles on knowledge acquisition in public sector management. Educational Psychology, 24 (4). pp. 549-571. ISSN 0144-3410

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This research note outlines a project designed to investigate the role of training institutions in providing effective training and development programmes for managers. The investigation is being carried out in the light of recent criticisms levelled against the nature of formal learning environments prevalent in most institutional settings. The traditional role of trainers and developers as the providers of knowledge and skills for the development of competent managers runs contrary to recent findings, which suggest that managers learn more effectively in informal settings, rather than the formal settings evident in many development programmes. The idea that explicitly extracted competencies are the target every manager should aim for to improve their effectiveness is also challenged because competencies alone are no longer regarded as a sufficient criterion for success. Recent research has attached greater importance to the need for helping managers to see knowledge as a social phenomenon, and one factor that might distinguish successful managers from others is tacit knowledge (Wagner & Sternberg, 1987; Argyris, 1999). A major focus of this study is to explore the possibility that the level and content of tacit knowledge acquired by managers may be influenced by their individual learning styles, and the degree to which their dominant styles are matched with the context of their work environment.

Keywords:Learning styles, Knowledge acquisition, Public sector management
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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