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E-learning in traditional industries: balancing the preferences of an ageing workforce with the expectations of a technoloigy-savvy generation

Becker, Karen L., Fleming, Julie, & Keijsers, Wilhelmina (2011) E-learning in traditional industries: balancing the preferences of an ageing workforce with the expectations of a technoloigy-savvy generation. In 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations, 7 – 9 December 2011, Amora Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Abstract

There is widespread argument that traditional organisations and industries with a predominantly older workforce who are not using computers as an integral part of their work, are unlikely to embrace the opportunities afforded by e-learning. However, the challenge remains to engage a younger generation of learners who seem comfortable learning with technology, whilst not alienating those older learners who may prefer to learn in more traditional ways. This paper analyses data from five case organisations within the Australian rail industry to identify how the potential of e-learning can be realised whilst acknowledging the technological divide between younger and older workers.

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ID Code: 48215
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: E-learning, Traditional Industries, Ageing Workforce , Technoloigy-Savvy Generation
ISBN: 978-1-977040-87-0
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author(s).
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2012 12:06
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 22:09

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