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Informal Workplace Learning

  • Omar S. LópezEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69902-8_108-1



Dale and Bell (1999) define informal workplace learning as that which takes place in the work context, relates to an individual’s performance of their job and/or their employability, and which is not formally organized into a program or curriculum by the employer.


Most learning in the workplace today is informal learning (Dale and Bell 1999; Enos et al. 2003; Merriam and Bierema 2014; Schurmann and Beausaert 2016) – and for various reasons. Unlike formal learning – which can delay a worker’s learning process due to the highly structured and complicated process of design, approval, and delivery – informal learning responds immediately to workers’ needs with its learner-centered and need-specific nature. More so, in today’s knowledge-based society characterized by fast-evolving technologies, this has made informal workplace learning unprecedentedly important for workers to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS)Texas State UniversitySan Marcos/Round RockUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Johannes M. Luetz
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CHC Higher EducationBrisbane/CarindaleAustralia
  2. 2.University of New South Wales (UNSW)SydneyAustralia