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Role of C-Suite Leaders in Shaping a Learning Culture
by Menon, Viju, Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2019, 159; 13905008
Abstract (Summary)

In today’s knowledge economy, an engaged and inspired workforce that is also a learning community, enables business success. Companies that learn the fastest and adapt well to changing environments perform the best over time. Although academic research indicates this positive link between learning and business success, there is no comprehensive framework that defines what constitutes a learning culture. Certainly from a practitioner standpoint, a C-Suite perspective on what constitutes a learning culture, is yet to be researched. On a similar vein, although academic research has established the central role that senior leaders play in shaping organizational culture in general, the role of C-Suite leaders in shaping a learning culture is relatively unexplored. This research aims to explore these gaps and supplement current knowledge with a practitioner’s perspective that companies and C-Suite leaders can apply. This study delivers an integrative learning culture model from the perspective of C-Suite leaders and identifies their role in shaping that culture. The research methodology is qualitative and is based on 20 interviews with C-Suite leaders. Exploratory logical research was applied to develop a C-Suite perspective driven model that integrates underlying assumptions, espoused values, and behaviors of a learning culture, as well as the role of C-Suite leaders in shaping that culture. Associations are established to prior research, bridging between practitioner and academic realms and providing theoretical validity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ravitch, Sharon
Commitee: McKee, Annie, Burns, Robert L., Nembhard, Ingrid
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Chief Learning Officer
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business education, Educational leadership, Business administration
Keywords: Leadership, Learning culture, Strategic transformation
Publication Number: 13905008
ISBN: 9781085753807
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