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Considering unlearning in HRD practices: an Australian study

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Karen Becker, Paul Hyland, Bruce Acutt
The purpose of this paper is to explore the level of consideration given to unlearning during human resource development interventions and to identify the methods being used to reinforce training and development. Design/methodology/approach – A self-administered questionnaire was given to a convenience sample of employers in regional Queensland and the Northern Territory, Australia. Analysis of responses using descriptive statistics was conducted to identify whether approaches differed in relation to unlearning and reinforcement between large and small organisations, and between thosewith high labour turnover and those with low labour turnover. Findings – Results reveal that larger organisations give far more consideration to unlearning than smaller organisations. Those organisations with high labour turnover focus less on unlearning that those with a more stable workforce. Coaching and performance feedback were reported as the mostcommonly used method of reinforcement of learning and unlearning. Research limitations/implications – Low response rates mean that results are not statistically generalisable. Owing to the regional location of respondents there may be differences in findings in large metropolitan centres. Practical implications – Reinforces to practitioners the need to consider unlearning, and also indicates a need for further research in this area. From a managerial perspective the results show that managers need to employ a range of tools and techniques to ensure unlearning can occur.Originality/value – This paper reports on a study examining unlearning; and begins to address the lack of empirical research on this important concept.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

30

Issue

8

Start Page

608

End Page

621

Number of Pages

14

ISSN

0309-0590

Location

Bradford, UK

Publisher

Emerald

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education; Faculty of Business and Informatics; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of European industrial training.

Exports

CQUniversity

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