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Gender-equal organizations as a prerequisite for workplace learning
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2017 (English)In: Learning Organization, ISSN 0969-6474, E-ISSN 1758-7905Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Purpose

This article explores how the gendering of the learning environment acts to shape the design and outcome of workplace learning. The primary intention is to reflect on the idea of gender-equal organizations as a prerequisite for workplace learning.

Design/methodology/approach

A review of literature relating to gender and workplace learning was conducted with the relation between gender-(un)equal organizations and the design and outcome of workplace learning as the focus of the analysis. This was followed by an analysis of the characteristics of an organization that promote both adoptive and developmental workplace learning.

Findings

The literature shows how the gendering of the learning environment acts to shape workplace learning, often by preventing development learning and limiting adoptive learning to already privileged groups. To facilitate development workplace learning requires that organizations are guided by nuanced knowledge of work organization and strategically employ workplace learning to challenge existing power relations; that they are not characterised by gender segregation and that the presence and protection of gendered practices and identities do not dominate learning activities.

Practical implications

Stressing gender-equal organizations as a prerequisite for learning requires stakeholders to integrate a gender perspective in the design of workplace learning.

Originality/value

This article contributes to the literature considering workplace learning by highlighting how gender-equal organizations constitutes a prerequisite for workplace learning as well as in defining a few basic characteristics of such organizations.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017.
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66761OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66761DiVA: diva2:1160330
Available from: 2017-11-27 Created: 2017-11-27 Last updated: 2017-12-05

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