Worker Control and Workplace Learning: Expansion of the Job Demand-Control Model

16 Pages Posted: 12 May 2009

Abstract

This paper uses a sub-sample (Nā€‰=ā€‰5,800) of a unique data set on work and lifelong learning to develop the learning dimension of the Job Demand-Control model (Administrative Science Quarterly [1979] 24:285). The model is expanded by including three distinct learning behaviors to allow for a complete assessment of workplace learning. Worker control is also expanded to include often confounded dimensions of Social and Technical Control. The results confirm that different types of learning are related to different determinants and that Social and Technical Control are key factors in learning participation.

Suggested Citation

Weststar, Johanna, Worker Control and Workplace Learning: Expansion of the Job Demand-Control Model. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 533-548, July 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1402975 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00572.x

Johanna Weststar (Contact Author)

University of Western Ontario ( email )

London, Ontario N6A 5B8
Canada

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