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Theorising the development and derailment of learning agility

Theorising the development and derailment of learning agility

Lawlor-Morrison, Natasha ORCID: 0000-0003-1681-2815 (2023) Theorising the development and derailment of learning agility. In: 37th Annual British Academy of Management, 1st, 4th - 6th September 2023, University of Sussex Business School, Brighton. (Unpublished)

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Learning agility is “the willingness and ability to learn from experience, and to subsequently apply that learning to perform successfully under new or first-time conditions” (De Meuse, Dai and Hallenbeck, 2010, p. 120). This meta-competency predicts workplace performance and potential and is critical to leader success in the current dynamic and disruptive business climate (Povah, 2012; De Meuse, 2019). Learning agility is now considered developable (Thomas and Harvey, 2021) but current theories do not explain how or why it develops or declines. This paper contributes to management scholarship by presenting a new theory to address this gap. Learning agility is predicted by a combination of stable and malleable individual differences and environmental factors. Learning agility represents an increased likelihood of engaging in behaviours and strategies learnt from experience which enhance learning from experience. Positive outcomes of these strategies reinforce learning agility through the mechanism of selection by consequence.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning agility; selection by consequence; learning from experience; transfer of learning; development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
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Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 16:20

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