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Abstract. An explicit learning culture can help to systematize learning in small companies with a high degree of informal human resource development. The Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire (DLOQ; Marsick & Watkins, 2003) has already been used to assess learning culture in many international studies mainly with large organizations. However, the multidimensional structure of the DLOQ was criticized in the past. Therefore, this study (N = 856) investigated the dimensionality of a German translation of the DLOQ in the German crafts sector and the effect of the DLOQ dimensions on two criterions (i. e., commitment, job satisfaction). The results confirm the expected seven-factor structure of the German DLOQ (21 items) with good psychometric characteristics that were stable in different subsamples (i. e., different work levels and sectors). The correlations with the criterions confirm the external validity of the DLOQ. Furthermore, leaders rated all seven DLOQ dimensions higher than nonleaders did.


Validierung einer deutschen Version des Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire (DLOQ) in deutschen Handwerksbetrieben

Zusammenfassung. Eine explizite Lernkultur kann zur Systematisierung des Lernens in kleinen Unternehmen mit geringer formaler Personalentwicklung beitragen. Der Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire (DLOQ; Marsick & Watkins, 2003) wurde bereits in vielen internationalen Studien und dabei vor allem in Großunternehmen zur Erfassung von Lernkultur genutzt. Die sieben-dimensionale Struktur des DLOQ wurde dabei oft kritisiert. Die aktuelle Studie (N = 856) untersucht daher die Dimensionalität einer deutschen Übersetzung des DLOQ im deutschen Handwerkssektor und den Zusammenhang der Dimensionen mit zwei Kriterien (Commitment, Arbeitszufriedenheit). Die Ergebnisse bestätigen die sieben-dimensionale Struktur des deutschen DLOQ (21 Items) mit guten psychometrischen Eigenschaften, die auch stabil über verschiedene Teilstichproben (d. h. verschiedene Hierarchieebenen und Gewerke) ist. Die Zusammenhänge mit den Kriterien bestätigen die externe Validität des DLOQ. Bei Führungskräften wurden zudem höhere DLOQ-Werte auf allen sieben Dimensionen gefunden.

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