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Title: What do Syrian managers know about self-directed learning?
Author: Al-Jarrah, Mohamed Maher
ISNI:       0000 0004 5919 9966
Awarding Body: London Metropolitan University
Current Institution: London Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2015
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Although managerial Self-directed Learning (SOL) has been extensively researched, this research has largely been conducted within Western context. Thus, there is relatively little understanding of the influence of socio-cultural factors on managerial SOL in non-Western contexts. The significance of this research comes from being the first research that investigates the influence of factors that affect the form and extent of Syrian managers' engagement with SOL. Four subsidiary aims branched from this main aim; these concerned the reasons for Syrian mangers' engagement with SOL, the influences of organisational culture, the development in technology and the Syrian context on the Syrian managers' SOL. Drawing on literature from the fields of SOL, self-directed learners, learning, management learning, culture and organisational factors, this research investigated the influence of these topics on the Syrian managers' SOL. The research applied a qualitative interpretive approach involving twenty interviews with Syrian managers to collect the required data within a qualitative approach to examine their SOL, and the interview transcripts were analysed to understand how, why and what they learn. The main methods which were used to analyse the data are: observation, coding the interviews, deriving categories and conclusions, displaying the data and examining the relationships between all the findings. The analysis revealed their motivation for SOL, the difficulties and support that they have when they practice it, their aims of practicing it and the influence of the Syrian environment on their SOL.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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