It’s never too late to learn: later-career learning as the final frontier for HRD

Warhurst, Russell and Black, Kate (2014) It’s never too late to learn: later-career learning as the final frontier for HRD. In: 15th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe (Universities Forum for HRD), 4-6 June, 2014, Edinburgh Napier.

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Abstract

Purpose: This empirical paper presents new insights into the extent and sources of later-career learning. Middle-managers are taken as an exemplifying group for studying workplace later-career learning as the roles requires both the implementation and initiation of change.

Design/Methodological approach: The research takes a qualitative and largely inductive methodological approach. Data were generated through visual elicitation techniques deployed in advance of interviews.

Findings: The data illustrate the diverse and complex factors that afford the learning of later-career middle-managers. Of significance is the distinction between their formal learning, and less-recognised informal learning episodes. This informal learning was attributable to social interactions with colleagues, and their teams, and day-to-day work challenges. Significantly, certain of the findings challenge established assumptions held, that later-career workers have a limited motivation to learn as they count down to retirement.

Limitations/implications: That this paper reports only a pilot analysis of six participants is acknowledged. Analysis of the full data set will be important in extending the current inquiry. Nonetheless, significant, counter-intuitive conclusions are established with important implications for HRD policy and practice.

Originality/value: This research presents new insights into what are recognised gaps in the existing empirical literatures of learning for later-career workers. The use of visual methods has offered insights that conventional methods would have missed.

Practical implications: HRD policy and professional practice needs to move rapidly to reach this final frontier of learning and development and ensure that later-career workers become a true asset for their organisations and economies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N200 Management studies
N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
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Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 09:04
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 08:44
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18030

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