Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

E-learning Factors Influencing Strategies: Multi-Case Study of Employee Training at a Higher Educational Institution
by Surber, Angeline M., D.B.A., Northcentral University, 2017, 187; 10256272
Abstract (Summary)

E-learning modality is a viable choice for higher educational students and due to many associated features with e learning methodologies, it has become a desirable business option tool for incorporating into educational and organizational training structures. Using e learning platforms is an effective way to manage training costs for employees, enhance organizational knowledge, update employee skills, remain competitive, and meet overall organizational goals. The problem is in a high tech, knowledge based society, in order for organizations and institutions to remain competitive and effective, it is important that management identify e learning technology factors and models that influence organizational training structures and examine how those e learning factors and models can be adopted, synergized, and strategized into the overall organizational strategic planning process. The purpose of this qualitative multi case study was to examine and gaining a deeper understanding of e learning modalities, factors, and technologies that influence organizational training models, adoption, and integration into overall institutional strategies for employee training at teaching and learning facilities. The participants of the study were from a Southwestern Community College institution, and included directors and operational staff members from two employee training facilities. Both purposeful and convenience sampling selections were used with a targeted sample size of 13 participants. Of the 13 participants for the study, three were excluded, which left a total of 10 participants. To gain relevant data to address the purpose of this study, data gathering consisted of participants’ responses to 17 open ended interview questions that addressed two overarching research questions. Through conducting a thematic analysis of the interview responses, eight respective categories emerged which aligned to the study’s two research questions. Key findings noted in this research study were the cost and challenges to acquire and update e-learning resources and to be innovative. In conclusion, the participants from the different sites viewed the importance differently on how e learning should be a part of the overall organizational strategic plan and noted several e-learning factor similarities and differences. Future research is needed to examine factors affecting the adoption and integration of e learning training into business strategies from an in-house corporate training environment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kim, Edward
Commitee: Schaefer, Thomas
School: Northcentral University
Department: Business and Technology Management
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Educational technology
Keywords: Corporate training, E-learning strategies, Employee training, Organizational training, Strategic planning, Training
Publication Number: 10256272
ISBN: 978-1-369-57233-9
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