Development of a Short-Form Learning Organization Survey: The LOS-27

Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
Medical Care Research and Review (Impact Factor: 2.57). 05/2012; 69(4):432-59. DOI: 10.1177/1077558712448135
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ABSTRACT Despite urgent need for innovation, adaptation, and change in health care, few tools enable researchers or practitioners to assess the extent to which health care facilities perform as learning organizations or the effects of initiatives that require learning. This study's objective was to develop and test a short-form Learning Organization Survey to fill this gap. The authors applied exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis to data from Veterans Health Administration personnel to derive a short-form survey and then conducted further confirmatory factor analysis and factor invariance testing on additional Veterans Health Administration data to evaluate the short form. Results suggest that a 27-item, 7-factor survey (2 environmental factors, 1 on leadership, and 4 on concrete learning processes and practices) reliably measures key features of organizational learning, allowing researchers to evaluate theoretical propositions about organizational learning, its antecedents, and outcomes and enabling managers to assess and enhance organizations' learning capabilities and performance.

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