Theses Doctoral

Coaching for learning agility: The importance of leader behavior, learning goal orientation, and psychological safety

Drinka, Ginevra Olver

The present research explored associations between potential antecedents of subordinate learning agility and subordinate performance (perceived manager coaching behavior, subordinate learning goal orientation, and perceived manager-subordinate psychological safety). Two studies were conducted: one in a healthcare organization and another using crowd-sourced data. Findings demonstrated significant associations between study constructs. Specifically, structural equation modeling and regression results demonstrated that perceived manager coaching behavior was associated with perceived manager-subordinate psychological safety and with subordinate learning agility. Analyses also established that subordinate learning goal orientation was associated with subordinate learning agility. Additionally, results demonstrated that perceived manager-subordinate psychological safety was associated with subordinate learning agility. Finally, results did not verify an association between subordinate learning agility and subordinate performance, although this may have been due to methodological issues rather than empirical ones. Future research should assess causal mechanisms, other antecedents, and contextual elements such as the level of change in an organization. A fuller study of these constructs may provide more understanding of the importance of learning agility in the workplace. Implications for organizations are discussed.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Social-Organizational Psychology
Thesis Advisors
Burke, Wyatt W.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
April 23, 2018