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Title: A 'process' approach to the technological, organisational and strategic role of training
Author: Longhurst, Philip J.
ISNI:       0000 0001 2445 6086
Awarding Body: Cranfield University
Current Institution: Cranfield University
Date of Award: 1994
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The origins of this work are in understanding the difficulties that organisations face in developing and using technology based training (TBT). However it is the organisational context within which these technological changes take place that is of particular interest. The objective of this thesis is to use concepts and models of cumulative knowledge in organisations to investigate the limitations of conventional training centred approaches. The research design is centred around the question: Is the failure of conventional training, in meeting organisational needs, due to it being used as a project, task centred 'function' rather than being process centred? This question is explored by: identifying, in a diverse set of organisations, the nature of 'failures' and limitations of the conventional training function from which it is possible to structure an approach that draws upon models of training and knowledge; using models of knowledge accumulation, process models, to examine the limitations of task and functional models of training. The research activity includes the use of an innovative training package based on trouble-shooter training, and carefully focused interactive activities with line managers in three very different types of organisation. For each of these groups knowledge issues and training are of evident concern. The research shows that contributions to knowledge gain within an organisation can be uncovered and supported if specific patterns and structures are identified. It is clear that there is little difficulty in identifying the value of specific knowledge types in functional or technical domains if the timing of the skill required can also be determined. Further, it is clear that problems arise when senior managers focus on developmental knowledge and specify skill requirements in advance of the preparedness of line managers. In such cases learning benefits are likely to be restricted by a lack of structural change in the organisation required to exploit such training. In addition the thesis makes a contribution to the development of a composite training and cumulative knowledge model by: clarifying the various dimensions of training and knowledge relevant to knowledge exploitation, and; the identification of the role of exploitation as the potential point of interaction between individual and organisational learning models.
Supervisor: Seaton, R. A. F. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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