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ISSN: 2047-7031

bmd Business and Management Dynamics bmd
ISSN: 2047-7031  
Volume  3   Issue 3  2013  
Article Abstract
E-learning for corporate trainings in Turkey: An exploratory study
Keywords:  e-learning, corporate, Turkey
Kimiloglu, H., Ozturan, M. and Kutlu, B
Companies are experiencing extensive transformations through the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) into various business activities and processes. One of the areas that can be influenced from this trend is corporate training and investigating the usage of e-learning for this business function is an important research question. This study aims to explore how much e-learning is used for organizational training programs, the utilization of ICT tools for e-learning-based corporate training, and the results achieved and obstacles experienced by companies utilizing e-learning in Turkey. Data for the study have been collected from 106 companies from the top 500 corporations in Turkey and findings have shown that e-learning is yet adopted at a preliminary level. Companies that use e-learning are found to prefer it mostly for programs aiming to develop specific skills such as foreign language or advanced information technologies compared to subject areas requiring managerial skills or company and sector-specific programs. Parallel to this, the ICT tools used for e-learning are mostly simpler ones such as portals, multimedia or text-based content rather than more complex tools such as content management or virtual classrooms. The most prominent results experienced by adoption of e-learning in companies are found to be decreasing training costs and increasing reach and access to education. On the other hand, the most commonly experienced barriers are lack of satisfactory content, deficiencies in understanding the benefits of e-learning on a company-wide basis, past negative experiences and reluctance of users in adapting to new technologies.
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