Comparing the Applicability of Two Learning Theories for Knowledge Transfer in Information System Implementation Training

Abstract: This study reviews two traditional learning theories from the viewpoint of knowledge transfer in information system implementation training. The main goal of this study is to determine which is more applicable from the view of knowledge transfer in this context. In this study, behaviourist learning theory is found suitable for the transfer of data and information. Being more learner-centered, constructivist learning theory suits better for information system implementation training, as it enables combining system specific knowledge with knowledge of the existing organisational processes. This creates new organisation-specific knowledge necessary for the effective use of the information system product, which is in accordance with the constructivist learning theory and the idea of knowledge creation cycle.

Reference: Eskelinen, J., Kokkinen, A., Koskinen, M. & Tyrväinen, P. (2004). Comparing the Applicability of Two Learning Theories for Knowledge Transfer in Information System Implementation Training.  In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies 2004, 206-210.


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