Comparison of organizational learning capabilities of the personnel in public and private sector hospitals of Kermanshah

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Homayoun Abbasi 1 , * , Hossien Eydi 1 , Behzad Karami Matin 2

1 Dept. of Sport Management, Faculty of Physical Education, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran

2 Dept. of Public Health, Faculty of Health, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

How to Cite: Abbasi H, Eydi H, Karami Matin B. Comparison of organizational learning capabilities of the personnel in public and private sector hospitals of Kermanshah, J Kermanshah Univ Med Sci. 2014 ; 17(12):e74284. doi: 10.22110/jkums.v17i12.1301.

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Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences: 17 (12); e74284
Published Online: March 29, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 14, 2013
Accepted: December 17, 2013
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Abstract

Background: Hospitals are among the most interactive organizations in which the rate of knowledge transfer and learning is considerably high. The investigation of the level of organizational learning between public and private sector hospitals can be useful for managers to select proper organizational learning strategies aiming at improving service delivery and organizational behaviour (1). This study was carried out to compare the organizational learning capabilities of the personnel in public and private sector hospitals of Kermanshah.

Methods: This descriptive survey was performed on the personnel in public and private sector hospitals of Kermanshah. According to Krejcie and Morgan’s table, 175 employees were selected via stratified random sampling from 6 public and 2 private hospitals. The instrument for gathering data was Organizational Learning Capability Questionnaire (OLCQ) by Gomez et al. (2005) (2). Data were analysed by inferential statistics (K-S test, Levene’s test, t-test, one-way ANOVA using SPSS software (version 20.00). 

Results: The level of organizational learning capabilities of personnel was higher in the private hospitals than in public hospitals, indicating a statistically significant difference between them (T (26)= 11.779, P<0.01). Also, there were not a significant difference among organizational learning capabilities of the personnel in public hospitals of Kermanshah (P>0.01، F (3, 68) = 1.859).  

Conclusion: With regard to the higher average of knowledge transfer and integration than the other capabilities in public and private hospitals, it seems that the managers of hospitals should make use of this component to promote the organizational knowledge of the personnel and improve other organizational learning capabilities too. 

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Public and private hospitals personnel organizational learning

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