Learning Agility Orientation, Ambidextrous Learning, and Resilience

Abraham Carmeli, Silja Hartmann

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In a rapidly changing and ambiguous business environment, employees need to develop the capacity for psychological resilience, which is a positive adaptation despite adversity. One key process that can cultivate resilience is learning. We suggest that employees' learning agility orientation (the willingness to learn flexibly and speedily) can foster ambidextrous learning, that is, the motivation to learn from both direct experiences of successes and failures which, in turn, may translate into higher levels of resilience. We conduct two studies-a time-lagged study and an experimental study-to examine the mediating relationship between learning agility orientation and psychological resilience via ambidextrous learning. The results generally support to the hypothesized model and show that learning-agility-oriented employees develop resilience through their motivation to ambidextrously learn from both success and failure. We discuss the implication for theory and practice on learning agility, motivation to learn from different experiences, and resilience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
StateAccepted/In press - 2024
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ambidextrous learning
  • Psychology
  • Reflection
  • Resilience
  • Shape
  • Soil
  • Stress
  • Task analysis
  • learning agility
  • learning from failure
  • learning from success
  • resilience


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