Back close

Formal Learning and Organizational Performance: The Interplay of Goal Setting and Flexible Learning Practices in Attaining Goal Congruence

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Benchmarking: An International Journal

Source : Benchmarking: An International Journal

Url :

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Business

Year : 2023

Abstract : Purpose Employee training and learning have transformed over the years. The movement from classroom training to the blended format represents the magnitude of this evolution. This has placed much attention on self-regulated learning. This study aimed to understand the individual and organizational mechanisms that sustain the formal learning process in organizations. It explored the goals the organizations and employees strive to achieve by investing in learning. Through this, the authors investigated how technology assistance makes learning more goal-oriented, despite the possibility of different goals for different stakeholders. They also examined how person-job fit can be achieved in employee training. Design/methodology/approach The study adopted a grounded theory-based inductive approach using a qualitative inquiry that used in-depth interviews of employees working in the Indian IT/ITES sector. This sector is knowledge-intensive and engages in constant skill development. A content analysis of the interview transcripts unraveled the most relevant themes from the participants' discussion. Findings Individual learners use dimensions of self-regulated learning to set and achieve goals such as better performance and career development. On the other hand, organizations use learning support mechanisms such as better access and flexibility to direct employee learning behavior to achieve organizational goals. Focusing on goal congruence leads to better achievement of results. Goal congruence also implies good person-organization fit. Originality/value This research established how aligning individual and organizational mechanisms can help achieve training goals that ultimately contribute to organizational performance. The study differentiated itself by investigating training goal setting and goal achievement at two levels – organizational and individual – using a qualitative approach. It also showed how goal congruence is vital in improving organizational performance and how technology-enabled training practices rely on self-regulated learning and help achieve goal congruence.

Cite this Research Publication : Madhavan, V. and Venugopalan, M. (2023), "Formal learning and organizational performance: the interplay of goal setting and flexible learning practices in attaining goal congruence", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Admissions Apply Now