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The adoption of on-demand learning in organizations in the United States


2010 2010

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There is a lack of studies on the current status of the use of on-demand learning in organizations and factors that may accelerate or hold back the acceptance and implementation of on-demand learning in organizations. The purpose of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of the adoption of on-demand learning in organizations in the United States. More specifically, this research was conducted to answer the following questions: (1) Are training professionals familiar with the concept of on demand learning? (2) What are the most commonly practiced on-demand learning applications in organizations? (3) What are the most commonly used on-demand learning devices? (4) Which subject areas are appropriate for applying on-demand learning? (5) What factors explain and predict the adoption of on-demand learning? (6) Does organizational nature (non-profit vs. for-profit) have an impact on the adoption of ondemand learning? (7) Does economic sector have an impact on the adoption of on-demand learning? (8) Does organizational size have an impact on the adoption of on-demand learning? and (9) Does training budget have an impact on the adoption of on-demand learning?

Study results indicated that although many factors influence the adoption of on-demand learning in organizations, compatibility and top management support were the most significant determinants in general. The training budget was a moderator for the adoption of on-demand learning and it amplified the effects of top management support and organizational centralization on the adoption process. The adoption of on-demand learning among small organizations, non-profit organizations, or organizations with relatively small training budgets, was primarily determined by available organizational resources, such as technical infrastructure, financial resources for experimental innovations, professional development opportunities, and investment on training and development. But among for-profit organizations or large organizations (i.e., 1,000 employees and over), the adoption of on-demand learning was primarily determined by its compatibility with organizations and organizational openness. Moreover, perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, costs, and customer demand were not significant determinants in this study. In short, organizational factors had a greater explanatory power than innovative, environmental, or individual variables. Recommendations were proposed for future studies.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Adult education;
Educational technology;
Vocational education
Classification
0516: Adult education
0710: Educational technology
0747: Vocational education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Adoption in organizations; Elearning; Just-in-time training; Learning technology; Mobile learning; On-demand learning
Title
The adoption of on-demand learning in organizations in the United States
Author
Cui, Lianbin
Number of pages
263
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0209
Source
DAI-A 71/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124049861
Advisor
Waugh, C. Keith
Committee member
Calvin, Jennifer; Pense, Seburn L.; Shrock, Sharon A.; Washburn, John A.
University/institution
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Department
Workforce Education and Development
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3408625
ProQuest document ID
608001738
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/608001738
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