Team Learning, Work Behaviors, and Performance: A Qualitative Case Study of a Technical University in Ghana

Eli Ayawo Atatsi, Jol Stoffers, Ad Kil

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Abstract

Higher education institutions in Ghana have a lot of expectations but appear to be facing contemporary challenges. Using five focus groups, this study explores individual learning, team learning, organizational citizenship behaviors, leader–member exchanges, innovative work behaviors, and performance in a Ghanaian technical university. Interactive exchanges suggest that individual social behaviors and leadership exchanges are important to higher educational institutions (HEIs). Both stakeholders and managers should activate these behaviors and leadership qualities to enhance performance. The inherent benefits help both faculty and HEIs fulfill their core mandates of teaching, research, and community service. With these, they remain globally competitive given challenges, dynamism, and expected performance from both faculty and HEIs as agents of socio-economic development. This study informs on underlying mechanisms that affect engagement in some of these behaviors, including the effect of culture as an inhibitor of women’s innovative behaviors. Next to that, it provides both theoretical and practical evidence for stakeholders, especially HEI managers, regarding how to increase faculty members’ efficiencies and performance. Finally, the study offers both recommendations and directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13703
Number of pages16
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • team learning
  • work behaviors
  • leader-member exchanges
  • qualitative design
  • ORGANIZATIONAL CITIZENSHIP BEHAVIOR
  • LEADER-MEMBER EXCHANGE
  • INNOVATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • FOCUS GROUPS
  • MANAGEMENT
  • GENDER
  • LMX
  • PERSPECTIVES
  • METAANALYSIS
  • PERSONALITY

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