Purpose – The main objective of this study was to examine academic staff's perceptions of the characteristics of a learning organization within higher education: in this instance, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). The study also examined the relationship between the characteristics of a learning organization and satisfaction with performance in teaching and research activities. Design/methodology/approach – A survey method was used in a sample of 400 academicians with a return rate of 214 (53.5 per cent). Watkins and Marsick's and Marsick and Watkins's learning organization questionnaire was used to measure the characteristics of the learning organization and to collect data for the study. Findings – The main results showed that the academic staff indicated moderate levels of the characteristics of a learning organization and satisfaction with performance. The results also showed that there were positive and significant relationships between dimensions of the learning organization and satisfaction with performance activities in teaching and research. Furthermore, dimensions of the learning organization accounted for small but significant variance of satisfaction with both teaching and research performance activities. Originality/value – This study contributes empirical findings on learning organization in a higher learning institution, a research area in which there is a scarcity of empirical studies.
International Journal of Educational Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 13, 2012
Keywords: Learning organizations; Performance; Organizational learning; Satisfaction; Academic staff