The Influence of Multigenerational Workforce in Effective Informal Team Learning

  • Roza Marsaulina Sibaran School of Business and Management Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Jann Hidajat Tjakraatmadja School of Business and Management Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Utomo Sarjono Putro School of Business and Management Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Ningky Sasanty Munir PPM School of Management

Abstract

The urgency of this research arises from the convergence of two dynamics that are transforming the workplace and impacting organization performance. The first is multigenerational workforce work side by side in the same organization even in the same team. The second is informal learning, a major mode of learning in an organization. Therefore, this paper aims to explore the influence of generational background of Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y in relation to informal team learning in the Indonesian business environment. Both, qualitative and quantitative studies were conducted with 21 interviewees and 184 survey respondents representing a total of 191 multigenerational teams participating in this research. The findings suggest that generational background influence informal learner and effective informal team learning, but have no direct impact on team climate. Understanding generational differences will enable individuals to learn informally and create a conducive team climate that will lead to effective informal team learning.

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Published
2015-06-19