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Ellström, E. & Ellström, P.-E. (2018). Two modes of learning-oriented leadership: a study of first-line managers. Journal of Workplace Learning, 30(7), 545-561
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Two modes of learning-oriented leadership: a study of first-line managers
2018 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, E-ISSN 1758-7859, Vol. 30, no 7, p. 545-561Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to explore what learning-oriented leadership could mean in practice and to identify possible sources of variability in this leadership between first-line managers (FLMs). The empirical basis of the study comprised FLMs in nursing homes for elderly care.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was carried out using a sequential mixed-method design based on interviews, observations and documentary analysis.

Findings

The study contributes an in-depth analysis of two modes of learning-oriented leadership: development-oriented and production-oriented. The two orientations represent an open and enabling pattern versus a constraining and controlling pattern of leading and organizing employee learning and development. The observed differences in learning-oriented leadership between the FLMs were interpreted in terms of the demands–constraints–choices model proposed by Stewart (1982; 1989).

Research limitations/implications

Future research should include data from employees to analyze how the mode of learning-oriented leadership shapes the conditions and opportunities for learning at work.

Practical implications

Employee learning and development issues should be clearly linked to business strategies, and it is imperative that senior managers actively support and follow up on FLMs’ work with these issues. Furthermore, there is a strong need for training and development of FLMs – formal and informal – to improve their knowledge of and skills in leading and organizing workplace learning.

Originality/value

The study adds to previous research by elaborating what learning-oriented leadership could mean in practice and how it can be theoretically understood.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-152671 (URN)10.1108/JWL-03-2018-0056 (DOI)000448387400003 ()2-s2.0-85054910856 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-00701
Available from: 2018-11-12 Created: 2018-11-12 Last updated: 2019-03-21Bibliographically approved
Kilhammar, K. & Ellström, E. (2015). Co-workership in practice: a study of two Swedish organizations. Human Resource Development International, 18(3), 328-345
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-workership in practice: a study of two Swedish organizations
2015 (English)In: Human Resource Development International, ISSN 1367-8868, E-ISSN 1469-8374, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 328-345Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Within Scandinavian working-life discourse, the notion of co-workership has become increasingly prominent. This article explores how the idea of co-workership has been implemented within two organizations and how it has been affected by various factors related to the implementation strategies that were used. Empirical data were collected from one County Council and one for-profit State-Owned Company through interviews with the managers of the co-workership programmes along with general managers and employees at an intensive care unit within the County Council and an Information Technology (IT) unit within the State-Owned Company. The findings indicate that compared to the top-down strategy used by the State-Owned Company, the implementation strategy adopted by the County Council, which was characterized by a high level of participation, local adjustment and integration of the idea of co-workership into daily work routines, resulted in a higher degree of implementation and development of co-workership practices. Finally, the implications of co-workership development work within organizations are discussed.

Keywords
co.workership, implementation, translation, learning, participation
National Category
Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120544 (URN)10.1080/13678868.2015.1049909 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-08-14 Created: 2015-08-14 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Ellström, E. & Ellström, P.-E. (2014). Learning outcomes of a work-based training programme: The significance of managerial support. European Journal of Training and Development, 38(3), 180-197
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learning outcomes of a work-based training programme: The significance of managerial support
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Training and Development, ISSN 2046-9012, E-ISSN 2046-9020, Vol. 38, no 3, p. 180-197Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this study was to explore the extent to which first-line managers' (FLMs') support of employee learning activities influence the learning outcomes and the transfer of training from a work-based vocational education and training (VET) programme.

Design/methodology/approach – The study was designed as a multiple-case study including six service units in elder care. Data were collected through interviews with managers and care workers in the six units.

Findings – The study demonstrated that the role of FLMs was a significant condition for the learning outcomes attained and for positive transfer of training. For care workers to attain benefits from training that went beyond the individual level, that is, benefits at the level of the work team or the organisation, a supportive FLM role appeared to be necessary.

Research limitations/implications – The statistical generalisability of the study is limited by its character of a multiple-case study of six work units. At the same time, a strength of the study lies in its potential for analytic generalisations, that is, for identifying and verifying theoretically meaningful patterns across a number of cases.

Practical implications – The findings suggest a need for management development that promotes a broader understanding of the task as FLM, and, specifically, improved knowledge and skills regarding how to lead and organise learning and development processes in a workplace.

Originality/value – Using a qualitative approach, this study adds to the limited knowledge of FLMs' influences on the learning outcomes and the positive transfer from work-based training.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014
Keywords
Care work, Learning outcomes, Managerial support, Transfer of training, Vocational education and training (VET), Work-based training
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106269 (URN)10.1108/EJTD-09-2013-0103 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-05-02 Created: 2014-05-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Ellström, E. & Ellström, P.-E. (2014). Ledarskap för lärande?: En studie av första linjens chefer inom äldreomsorgen (1ed.). In: Ann-Sofi Wedin, Ann-Marie Markström, Kristina Hellberg (Ed.), Dynamiska och komplexa miljöer: reflektioner över pedagogiska praktiker : vänbok till Glenn Hultman (pp. 57-67). Linköping: Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ledarskap för lärande?: En studie av första linjens chefer inom äldreomsorgen
2014 (Swedish)In: Dynamiska och komplexa miljöer: reflektioner över pedagogiska praktiker : vänbok till Glenn Hultman / [ed] Ann-Sofi Wedin, Ann-Marie Markström, Kristina Hellberg, Linköping: Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande , 2014, 1, p. 57-67Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande, 2014 Edition: 1
Keywords
Äldreomsorg, Ledarskap, Lärande
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112160 (URN)9789175192031 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved
Ellström, E. & Baumgarten, M. (2012). Industriarbetares deltagande i arbetsplatslärande. Tidskrift for Arbejdsliv, 14(1), 9-25
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Industriarbetares deltagande i arbetsplatslärande
2012 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift for Arbejdsliv, ISSN 1399-1442, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 9-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Roskilde: Center for Studier i Arbejdsliv (CSA), 2012
Keywords
arbetsplatslärande, motivation, industriarbetare
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75838 (URN)
Available from: 2012-03-12 Created: 2012-03-12 Last updated: 2012-05-31
Ellström, E. (2012). Managerial support for learning at work: a qualitative study of first-line managers in elder care. Leadership in Health Services, 25(4), 273-287
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managerial support for learning at work: a qualitative study of first-line managers in elder care
2012 (English)In: Leadership in Health Services, ISSN 1751-1879, E-ISSN 1751-1887, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 273-287Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The aim of the present study is to explore the meaning of managerial support for learning and development in the workplace. The overall research question concerns how first-line managers in elder care perceive and understand their mission and tasks and how they in practice handle issues of co-workers' learning and development.

Design/methodology/approach – The study was designed as a multiple-case study including eight first-line mangers in eight care units. Data were collected through interviews and observations.

Findings – The study demonstrates the variation that exists concerning how first-line managers understand and enact their tasks. Specifically, it is possible to distinguish four qualitatively different patterns concerning how the managers acted and interacted with their co-workers.

Research limitations/implications – The empirical generalisability of the results is limited by its character as a multiple-case study of eight managers in eight different work units. At the same time, the strength of a multiple-case study lies in its potential for making analytic generalisations, that is, for identifying theoretically meaningful examples and patterns across a number of cases.

Practical implications – The paper suggests a need for management development programs that promote not only a broader understanding of the task as a manager of elder care, but also knowledge about and skills in leading and organising workplace learning and development.

Originality/value – This study adds to the limited knowledge of how first-line managers in care work understand and deal with learning and developmental issues in the workplace.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012
Keywords
managerial support, leadership, workplace learning, elder care
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77911 (URN)10.1108/17511871211268919 (DOI)
Available from: 2012-11-06 Created: 2012-05-31 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Ellström, E. & Ellström, P.-E. (2011). Facilitating Practice-Based Innovation Processes through Workplace Learning. Paper presented at The 7th International Conference on. Researching Work and Learning. (RWL7), Shanghai, December 2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Facilitating Practice-Based Innovation Processes through Workplace Learning
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
managerial work, managerial support, workplace learning, care work
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78215 (URN)
Conference
The 7th International Conference on. Researching Work and Learning. (RWL7), Shanghai, December 2011
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-07 Last updated: 2012-06-25
Ellström, E. (2011). The Meaning of Managerial Support for Learning at Work: A study of first-line managers in elderly care. Paper presented at European Conference of Educational Research (ECER), Berlin, September 2011.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Meaning of Managerial Support for Learning at Work: A study of first-line managers in elderly care
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
managerial work, managerial support, workplace learning, care work
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78214 (URN)
Conference
European Conference of Educational Research (ECER), Berlin, September 2011
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-07
Ellström, E. (2009). Att arbeta med utveckling i praktiken: En studie av ledarskap och lärandemiljöer inom hemtjänstverksamhet. Linköping: Linköpings kommun
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att arbeta med utveckling i praktiken: En studie av ledarskap och lärandemiljöer inom hemtjänstverksamhet
2009 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings kommun, 2009. p. 31
Series
FoU Centrum för Vård, Omsorg och Socialt arbete, ISSN 1651-0232 ; 61:2009
Keywords
ledarskap, lärande, lärandemiljö, hemtjänst
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53967 (URN)
Available from: 2010-02-16 Created: 2010-02-16
Ellström, E., Ekholm, B. & Ellström, P.-E. (2008). Two Types of Learning Environment: Enabling and Constraining A Study of Care Work. Journal of Workplace Learning, 20(2), 84-97
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Two Types of Learning Environment: Enabling and Constraining A Study of Care Work
2008 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, E-ISSN 1758-7859, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 84-97Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: First, to elaborate on the notion of a learning environment based on an empirical study of care work. Second, to explore how aspects of a learning environment may differ between and within units in the same organization, and how to understand and explain such differences.

Methodology/approach: The study was based on a multiple case-study design including four departments within two care units. Data were collected through direct observation of working conditions and work practices as well as semi-structured interviews with all care-workers within the two units (29 persons), and with the head and deputy head for each of the two units.

Findings: It was possible to distinguish between two qualitatively different patterns of working conditions and practices within the four teams. These patterns of practice were interpreted as representing an enabling and a constraining type of learning environment as these concepts were defined in this study. The evidence suggest that the emergence of an enabling learning environment was an outcome of a dynamic interplay between a number of factors that had the character of a virtuous circle.

Originality/value: The article adds to previous research through a distinction between two types of learning environment (enabling and constraining), and by linking these two types of learning environment to different conceptions of learning and to different working conditions and practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande, 2008
Keywords
learning environment, adaptive learning, developmental learning, learning readiness, working conditions, care work
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11414 (URN)10.1108/13665620810852250 (DOI)
Note
Original publication: Eva Ellström, Bodil Ekholm & Per-Erik Ellström, Two Types of Learning Environment: Enabling and Constraining A Study of Care Work, 2008, Journal of Workplace Learning, (20), 2, 84-97. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13665620810852250. Copyright: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Available from: 2008-03-28 Created: 2008-03-28 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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