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Seminar: Quantitative Longitudinal Research - lecture by Dr Timothy Bednall, Swinburne University

Wed 28.11.2018 | 10:00 - 12:00

Welcome to the seminar on quantitative longitudinal research by Dr Timothy Colin Bednall, a visiting scholar from Swinburne University in Australia.

The seminar is free of charge and open to anyone interested in the method. The seminar consists of a guest lecture and a Q&A session. The seminar will be held in Tervahovi, D103 (Wetteri) on 28th of November, 10-12 AM..


Dr Tim Bednall, Swinburne University, Australia

How Job Characteristics Influence Employee Participation in Work Learning: A Longitudinal Study

Work learning consists of both formal (e.g., training, seminars) and informal (e.g., collaborating with peers, private study) learning activities. In general, such activities benefit both employees and the organisations they work for, but participation is not guaranteed. Among other things, work learning can mean time away from formal responsibilities, and employees may lack discretion to participate as frequently as they would wish. Based on a 4-wave yearlong dataset, we examined the role of job characteristics (Karasek, 1997) – autonomyworkload and social support – in encouraging three types of work learning activities over time. We found evidence that these three job characteristics had different patterns of time-invariant and time-specific effects. Autonomy consistently predicted participation in learning activities, but contrary to our expectations, workload was also positively related to participation. Social support was important for learning from other people, including colleagues and supervisors. At specific points in time, autonomy was the strongest predictor of work learning, as well as reported levels of vitality and exhaustion. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.


About the Presenter

Dr Timothy Colin Bednall is a visiting scholar from Swinburne University in Australia. As an HRM-OB scholar, Dr Bednall’s main research interests are related to employee learning and innovation. Dr Bednall has taught courses of experimental design, structural equation modelling, multilevel analysis, longitudinal analysis, meta-analysis and Monte Carlo simulations. He is an organisational psychologist and is the former National Chair of the Australian College of Organisational Psychologists.