Alvin Hadiono

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Research title: A Study of Employee Learning Agility - The Effects of Individual Differences and The Work and Learning Context

Research Summary

Globalization and digitalization continue to grow in an unprecedented rate resulting in a continuously dynamic world. Workforces continue to become more cross-functional and interconnected. Therefore, leaders must now be able to keep up with rapidly-changing challenges that might make them uncomfortable.

They must be agile and be able to learn from their broad and diverse past experiences much faster than others; as it needs to be applied toward their future behaviour and decision making, even in an unfamiliar situation. They must also actively draw out new information from others even when it does not align with their strongly pre-held beliefs. Many workplace learning scholars posit these qualities as “learning agility.” “Learning agility” itself can be defined as the ability to come up quickly in one’s understanding of a situation and move across ideas flexibly for the benefit of learning, both within and across experiences.

As a relatively new construct, the commercial interests toward learning agility have been growing very fast beyond robust empirical substantiation. A clearer-defined conceptualization is critical to understand the nuances and complexities of the construct and assess its broader organizational impact. This study would like to provide deeper theoretical conceptualization on this construct, as well as the necessary empirical investigation; that is still 'faithful' to the above definition of the construct (which focus on speed and flexibility).

The primary aim of the study is to really explore the dynamics of factors, both that are internal (i.e. personality trait, motivation) and external (i.e. work and learning contexts) to the person, that might lead to learning agile behaviour and then finally to work performance.


1. Corporate Branding and Transformational Leadership in Turbulent Times; May 2012; Journal of Product & Brand Management.

2. Integrating Corporate Branding and Transformational Leadership: Mastering Macro Changes; January 2011; AMA Global Marketing SIG, Cancun, Mexico.

3. The Study of Factors and Their Relationships in Predicting Brand-Building Behaviours: A
Case of Indonesian FMCG Company; November 2010; 3rd Annual EuroMed Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus; ISBN: 234-2256-567-46-8.

4. The Relationship between Locus of Control and A-B Type Behavioral Pattern with Supervisors' Work Performance in PT. X; February 2006; Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia (Undergraduate Theses).


  • Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education; 2017; The Ministry of Finance, The Government of Indonesia.
  • Literati Network Awards for Excellence Recipient (Best Paper Award); 2013; Emerald Group Publishing
  • MBA Scholarship; 2009; The Ministry of Education, The Government of Cyprus.

Additional Information

  • Master of Business Administration; University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • Bachelor of Psychology; Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia.