Managers as workplace learning facilitators

Margaryan, Anoush; Milligan, Colin and Littlejohn, Allison (2013). Managers as workplace learning facilitators. International Journal of Human Resource Development and Management, 13(2/3) pp. 206–223.



This exploratory, interview-based study (n=29) elicits activities carried out by managers in support of employees learning and surfaces similarities and differences in the ways these activities are perceived by novice, experienced and mid-career workers. Analysis suggests that managers provide a wide variety of types of learning support, ranging from hands-on support on operational issues, structuring individual development programmes and advice on learning opportunities, to coaching, career advice, counseling and being a role model. The perceptions of novice, experienced and mid-career professionals are compared and contrasted, tentative patterns identified and a typology of managers learning facilitation activities proposed.

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