The relationships of work-family conflict and core self-evaluations with informal learning in a managerial context

Michael J. Tews, Jr., Raymond A. Noe, Andrew J. Scheurer, John W. Michel

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Abstract

Existing research on informal learning has been largely descriptive, anecdotal, and relatively limited regarding its antecedents. This study represents a step forward towards addressing this gap in the training and development literature by examining the relationships of work-family conflict and core self-evaluations with informal learning among managers. The sample included 225 managers companywide from a casual-theme restaurant chain in the United States. The results demonstrated that time-based work interference with family conflict (WIF) had a negative relationship with informal learning, but core self-evaluations had a positive relationship. Further, core self-evaluations moderated the WIF-informal learning relationship. Counter to the hypothesized relationship, managers higher in core self-evaluations engaged in less informal learning as work-family conflict increased. This study broadens the nomological network of informal learning and highlights that organizations need to limit time demands at work that cause work-family conflict to facilitate managers' informal learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-110
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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