PurposeThe purpose of this study is to examine the relationships among a learning organization, knowledge and financial performance using the Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire and its abbreviated version.Design/methodology/approachThis study used a secondary data set and performed second-order factor analysis and structural equation modeling for testing the proposed relationships.FindingsThe study found that a learning organization has a positive effect on knowledge performance; knowledge performance has a positive effect on financial performance; and knowledge performance fully mediates the relationship between a learning organization and financial performance.Research limitations/implicationsThis study contributes to validating the current dimensionality of the theoretical framework of a learning organization proposed by Watkins and Marsick (1993, 1996) and offers a valid conceptual framework of the relationship among the learning culture and organizational performance dimensions.Practical implicationsThis study re-stresses the significance of the learning and knowledge generated by the human resources of an organization and developed by human resource development practitioners.Originality/valueThis study is valuable to human resource development scholars and practitioners interested in improving and measuring organizational performance.
European Journal of Training and Development – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 20, 2017
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