• Abstract

    This review paper delves into the cognitive aspects of corporate learning and competency development, focusing on various theories and models explaining neurocognitive and behavioral psychology. This paper explores “Maslow's hierarchy of needs”, “Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive (ABC) Model of Attitude”, “Expectancy Value Theory”, “NLP Communication Model”, “Social Cognitive Learning Theory”, “Knowles' theory of Andragogy”, “NLP Neurological Levels”, “Theory of Planned Behavior”, "Cognitive Load Theory", "Cognitive Learning Principles Underlying the 5E Model", and "Constructivism Theory". While these theories individually address specific aspects of human behavior, they have limitations in their individual scope when applied to the corporate competency development process. This paper constructs the "Cognitive Competency Development Model (CCDM)", which integrates the examined theories and models, providing a cohesive framework for understanding competency development within organizations. This paper briefly discusses the meaning of competency and a typical competency development framework used by corporates. The CCDM emphasizes the multifaceted nature of competency development. It considers the intricate interplay of individual, social, and environmental factors in shaping competency development. It begins with the mental filtering of learning stimuli by various expectancies, neurological factors, and hierarchies of needs. This filtered information forms a perception and knowledge construct, leading to competency development. Competency may affect attitudes and intentions, resulting in behavioral change and better performance at work. The paper concludes by highlighting the potential of the model to inform the design of more effective learning and development interventions. By understanding how the brain influences learning and development, organizations can improve their training programs and create a culture of continuous learning.

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Jajoo, A., & Deshmukh, P. (2024). Exploring competency: Corporate framework, learning theories, and a cognitive development model. Multidisciplinary Reviews, 7(8), 2024170. https://doi.org/10.31893/multirev.2024170
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