Managing team learning in a Spanish commercial bank

Doving, Erik and Martín Rubio, Irene (2013). Managing team learning in a Spanish commercial bank. "Journal of Workplace Learning", v. 25 (n. 5); pp. 281-295. ISSN 1366-5626.


Title: Managing team learning in a Spanish commercial bank
  • Doving, Erik
  • Martín Rubio, Irene
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Workplace Learning
Date: 2013
ISSN: 1366-5626
Volume: 25
Freetext Keywords: Team working; Team leaders; Team learning; Leadership; Training; Banking; Spain
Faculty: E.U.I.T. Industrial (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y Estadística
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze how team management affects team-learning activities. Design/methodology/approach – The authors empirically study 68 teams as they operate in the natural business context of a major Spanish bank. Quantitative research utilizing multiple regression analyses is used to test hypotheses. Findings – The leadership behaviour (consideration, initiation of structure) displayed by the team leader plays a key role in facilitating team learning. Team leader behaviour characterised by consideration and in particular by initiation of structure are both positively related to team-learning activities. Cross-training of team members also contributes to team-learning behaviour. Research limitations/implications – A specific setting may limit the generalizability of findings. Further research may accordingly investigate to what extent these results can be generalized to other settings or other aspects of team learning. Practical implications – The leadership style adopted by the team leader, as well as cross-training of members, affect team-learning activities. These results link leadership theory to collective learning in teams and organizations, and suggest ways leaders can contribute to improved learning. Originality/value – The study provides new insight into how management of teams facilitates team-learning activities. While consideration is somewhat related to team learning, initiation of structure as well as cross-training appear as key variables.

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Item ID: 29308
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DOI: 10.1108/JWL-Sep-2011-0053
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 13 Jun 2014 11:33
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 13:22
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