In this episode of Unlock People’s Potential, Chris Myers (@ChrisGMyers), an assistant professor of business administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School, discusses ‘vicarious learning’ and how it can benefit your company.
“We typically think of learning as something that happens in a classroom or an organizational training context, but the reality is that most of our learning occurs in our day to day interactions and the experiences that we have in the workplace.” — Christopher Myers
In this episode, Chris answers questions such as:
- “What can managers and leaders do in order to encourage learning in their organizations?”
- “Where does vicarious learning stand within this training toolkit?”
- “The main reason organizations still rely a lot on knowledge centers and shadowing is because of cost and scalability—how do you make vicarious learning more scalable?”
- and much more!
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More about Chris Myers
Professor Myers’ research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Academy of Management Proceedings, and the Oxford Handbook of Leadership and Organizations.
In addition to understanding how individuals learn from their own experiences at work, Chris’ research also explores how people learn from others’ experiences—what’s known as vicarious learning.
Show Notes on Effective Learning in Organizations
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