Learning culture in a Chinese SME: the unique role of work-family enrichment Academic Article uri icon


  • Purpose Learning and development are critical to a businesss success. This paper aims to focus on organizational factors at multiple organizational levels that facilitate learning culture in a small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) in northwestern China. Design/methodology/approach This study is qualitative in nature. A single case study method is used to explore an SMEs organizational factors that facilitate learning culture. Findings This paper categorizes the organizational factors into seven dimensions: shared vision, creating continuous learning opportunities, informal learning that promotes inquiry and dialogue, collaboration and team learning, knowledge management systems, workfamily enrichment and encouragement and support. This paper also compares the findings with learning culture models from Western research. Research limitations/implications Chinese culture has far-reaching and fundamental effects on many East Asian countries and regions. For SMEs in similar cultural settings with a collectivist orientation, future research may focus on the effect of the workfamily enrichment on learning culture. Originality/value Workfamily enrichment was found to be an important factor that influences learning effectiveness in this Chinese small business based on traditional values in Chinese culture.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Xie, L., Dirani, K. M., Beyerlein, M., & Qiu, S.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Xie, Lei||Dirani, Khalil M||Beyerlein, Michael||Qiu, Shaoping

publication date

  • January 2019