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Autonomous Learning in the Workplace

1st Edition

Edited by Jill E. Ellingson, Raymond A. Noe


336 pages

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Traditionally, organizations and researchers have focused on learning that occurs through formal training and development programs. However, the realities of today’s workplace suggest that it is difficult, if not impossible, for organizations to rely mainly on formal programs for developing human capital.

This volume offers a broad-based treatment of autonomous learning to advance our understanding of learner-driven approaches and how organizations can support them. Contributors in industrial/organizational psychology, management, education, and entrepreneurship bring theoretical perspectives to help us understand autonomous learning and its consequences for individuals and organizations. Chapters consider informal learning, self-directed learning, learning from job challenges, mentoring, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), organizational communities of practice, self-regulation, the role of feedback and errors, and how to capture value from autonomous learning. This book will appeal to scholars, researchers, and practitioners in psychology, management, training and development, and educational psychology.


‘Moving towards expertise at work requires many unstructured learning experiences beyond formal training. Ellingson and Noe’s book provides insights into this shifting world of workplace learning while also offering recommendations for creating the conditions for effective autonomous learning. Highly recommended!’J. Kevin Ford, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

‘This scholarly, thoughtful book contains many insights to help researchers and practitioners understand and facilitate the effective use of autonomous learning in organizations.’Scott Tannenbaum, President, The Group for Organizational Effectiveness (gOE)

Table of Contents

1. Autonomous Learning in the Workplace: An Introduction Raymond A. Noe and Jill E. Ellingson

Part I: Autonomous Learning: An Evolution toward Technology-Enabled, Learner-Driven, Social, and Experiential Learning

2. Agency in Vicarious Learning at Work Christopher G. Myers and D. Scott DeRue

3. Developing Cultural Intelligence through Autonomous Learning from Cultural Exposure Ming Li

4. A Psychological Model of Learning from Entrepreneurial Failure: Integrating Emotional, Motivational, and Cognitive Factors Christoph Seckler, Rebecca Funken, and Michael M. Gielnik

5. Organizational Communities of Practice and Autonomous Learning John Cordery and Ramon Wenzel

6. Regulating Our Own Learning: Stuff You Did Not Realize You Needed to Know Jeffrey B. Vancouver, Leah R. Halper, and Kyle A. Bayes

7. Strategies for Supporting Self-Regulation during Self-Directed Learning in the Workplace Bradford S. Bell

Part II: Organizational and Societal Influences Shaping Autonomous Learning

8. Work Design Growth Model: How Work Characteristics Promote Learning and Development Sharon K. Parker

9. Effects of Human Resource Management on Informal Learning Karin Sanders, Huadong Yang, Helen Shipton, and Timothy Bednall

10. Continuous Development throughout a Career: A Lifespan Perspective on Autonomous Learning Margaret E. Beier, W. Jackeline Torres, and Jacqueline M. Gilberto

11. How Do Conditions Known to Foster Learning in the Workplace Differ across Occupations? Eva Kyndt and Simon Beausaert

12. Informal Learning in the Healthcare Industry: The Detrimental Effects of a Hidden Curriculum Britany N. Telford, Keaton A. Fletcher, and Wendy L. Bedwell

13. The Medium is the Message: On the Emergence of Autonomous Learning, MOOCs, and Technology-Enabled Active Learning Jon Billsberry and Kenneth G. Brown

Part III: Effectiveness and Value of Autonomous Learning

14. Failing to Learn from Feedback: Inter- and Intrapersonal Roadblocks to Autonomous Learning Elanor F. Williams and Joyce Ehrlinger

15. Autonomous Learning, Human Capital Resources, and Value Capture Robert E. Ployhart, Matthew L. Call, and Lynn A. McFarland

Part IV: Closing Comment

16. Reflections and Future Directions Kurt Kraiger

About the Editors

Jill E. Ellingson is a Professor of Human Resource Management and Dana Anderson Faculty Fellow in the Management Area of the School of Business at the University of Kansas.

Raymond A. Noe is the Robert and Anne Hoyt Designated Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Human Resources at The Ohio State University.

About the Series

SIOP Organizational Frontiers Series

The Series of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

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Launched in 1983 to make scientific contributions to the field, this series has attempted to publish books on cutting edge theory and research derived from practice in industrial and organizational psychology and related organizational science disciplines.

The goal of the series is to inform and stimulate research for SIOP members (students, practitioners and researchers) and people in related disciplines, including other subdisciplines of psychology, organizational behavior, human resource management, and labor and industrial relations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Leadership
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology