The role and related variables of workplace learning in quantitative research

Yoonhee Park, Heajung Woo, Mi Rae Oh, Sunyoung Park

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to review the definition, perspective, measurement and context of workplace learning and explored workplace learning to identify its role in quantitative research. Design/methodology/approach: Through an integrative review of the literature, the following four roles that workplace learning has played in these studies were identified: workplace learning as an antecedent, a mediator, a moderator and an outcome. Findings: This paper synthesized results for workplace learning in 45 studies. A total of 88 variables related to workplace learning were identified after four overlapped variables (autonomy, social support, work engagement and workload) in multiples areas were excluded from a total of 92 variables (56 antecedents, 8 mediators, 7 moderators and 21 outcomes). Research limitations/implications: Because this study identified four roles of workplace learning (as antecedent, mediator, moderator and outcome), this study did not focus on the process of learning in the workplace. Additional study is needed to investigate how workplace learning can lead to outcomes and how this process can link workplace learning and its consequences. Originality/value: This paper synthesized the antecedents, mediators, moderators and outcomes for workplace learning by integrating the findings in this study. This provided a comprehensive framework that could be used by researchers to continue the empirical research on this topic to develop the dynamics between individual, group, job and organizational variables on the one hand and workplace learning on the other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-59
Number of pages31
JournalIndustrial and Commercial Training
Issue number1
StatePublished - 6 Jan 2021

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  • Integrative literature review
  • Quantitative research
  • Workplace learning


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