By creating a workplace that focuses on the improvement of knowledge and skills of all employees, you can hold a huge advantage over your competitors, ensuring that your staff are the best of the best.  So, today I am going to tell you how to create a learning-driven culture in your workplace…

The idea that a learning-driven culture can give you a huge advantage over your competitors comes from a Ph.D. candidate at the Indian Institute of Technology, called Arun Prasad.


According to Prasad, here’s how to create the advantage:

  • Knowledge
  • Learning processes
  • Learning culture
  • Knowledge practice

How to understand the link between effective people management and a learning-driven culture:

The argument is that there’s a link between knowledge strategy and human resource practices, and between human resource practices and learning outcomes.  “Knowledge Strategy” focuses on the use of resources on order to maintain a competitive advantage, especially when a company possesses knowledge of each individual employee.  So companies should employ strategies which manage knowledge (hence knowledge strategy), which will be as important as the resources themselves.

HR Practices which are effective in creating a learning-driven culture are: staffing, training, development, compensation, rewards, and performance appraisal.  This is because they are learning enabled practices, and can add to the success levels of a learning organisation.

What’s a learning organisation?
There are a few types of learning organisations, and here’s a brief summary of each:

  • Zero Learning – these are organisations where employees don’t often receive feedback, so don’t take corrective actions. There is also no relationship between the individual’s knowledge and the collective knowledge of the firm.
  • Single-loop Learning – in this type of organisation, problems add knowledge to the company’s knowledge base without actually causing change to the fundamental process. So, while problems are solved when they occur, rather than act in order to stop the problem arising again.
  • Double-loop Learning – these firms have individuals who will change the collective knowledge base and selection of skills available, and can change the routines that govern the company processes.
  • Triple-loop Learning – here companies have developed both single and double-loop learning, allowing them to develop set structures for how individuals learn. These companies will evaluate their processes, inventing and testing new procedures and comparing them to past changes.

Therefore, by using HR practices such as staffing, training, development, rewards, compensation and performance appraisal to bring employees together and share knowledge, you can create a learning-driven culture in the workplace and gain an excellent advantage over your competitors.

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