Saturday, December 21, 2013

Learning 1

In the last byte, we looked at how mangers can use motivation and summarized what would need to be considered when attempting to motivate employees. In today's byte we begin a discussion on learning.

It would be apt to being the discussion with an understanding of the definition of learning in the organizational behavior context. Learning is a change in behavior acquired through experience. If we have a closer look at this change based definition, we can identify 2 broad ways this change in behavior could occur:
  1. Through the cognitive understanding that translates into change later on
  2. Through the feedback method of consequence of a particular action.
Both these methods of learning are popular, but we would begin with the 2nd class of discussion over the next few bytes beginning with classical conditioning and then moving on to reinforcement strategies

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