Perception on the Application of a Learning Organisation Philosophy on Employee Performance at a selected University of Technology (UoT) in KwaZulu-Natal

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Patrick Mbongwa Mhlongo, Robert Walter Dumisani Zondo


The learning organisation philosophy is one of the tools businesses used to achieve their competitive advantages.  It is a system in which employees learn from a number of situations aimed at assisting the organisation achieve its expected goals.  It enables organisations sustain competitiveness through continuous learning.  Hence, this study examines its application at a selected University of Technology (UoT) in KwaZulu-Natal. 


Of the 1076 staff members belonging to four campuses of the university, 753 participated in the study.  Descriptive and the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were used to test the two objectives, that is, to examine opportunities for the application of a learning organisation philosophy at a selected UoT in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as to assess if the application of a learning organisation can improve employee performance.  The participants were optimistic that the UoTs are capable of becoming the learning organisations.  The learning organisation is a method that can improve employee performance.  Hence, the original value of this study is in its approach in uncovering the strengths and weaknesses of the learning organisation philosophy in the UoTs in KwaZulu-Natal. 

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