Impact of the learning organization on financial performance

by Martinez, Rudy Lee, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 197 pages; 3359022


Corporate organizations must grow to thrive. To sustain growth, they must learn. U.S. corporations in the early 21st century face an array of increasing competitive pressures from domestic and international sources. Information technology (IT) professionals maintain a vigilant and unrelenting exploration for organizational initiatives that will produce competitive advantage and can thus be translated into financial performance. Revolutionary and evolutionary change forces, when managed correctly by a learning organization, can be catalysts for innovation. There is a large and growing community of learning organization scholars who emphatically proclaim the extraordinary benefits afforded to an organization committed to learning. However, many of the same scholars also lament the dearth of empirical research to support the optimism surrounding learning. The purpose of the current study was to address this identified deficiency by providing additional empirical evidence to the learning organization knowledge base. Using the Dimensions of Learning Organization Questionnaire (DLOQ), an instrument which has been repeatedly validated in a variety of contexts, this study surveyed information technology professionals from selected U.S. corporations with annual revenues in excess of $100 million (USD). The target sample group consisted of IT executives, directors, managers, architects, and senior developers who were asked a series of questions to determine if relationships exist between learning orientation constructs and financial performance factors such as return on assets and return on equity. The intent of this work is to supplement the learning organization body of knowledge and to provide practitioners with relevant empirical evidence to support applied decision processes.

AdviserAppy Born
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Information science
Publication Number3359022

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