The multidimensional characteristic of learning has received little attention in the network literature, resulting in fragmented empirical evidence on learning networks. To address this gap, we introduce a framework that allows a better understanding of the multidimensionality of learning networks by employing the concept of multiplexity in the network literature. Our proposed conceptual framework for multiplex learning networks includes a 3-E typology (exploration, exploitation, and exaptation), which serve as distinct layers within the multiplex networks. We also provide a hypothetical scenario to demonstrate the potential of our multiplex learning networks framework for HRD scholars and practitioners. Moreover, we extend our framework to a multilevel model that connects individual-level learning relationships to team-level relationships. Our framework’s theoretical and practical implications are discussed, and future research directions are suggested.
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Date of publication
Yoo, Sangok; Turner, John; Nimon, Kim; and Adepoju, Bisola, "Weaving Layers of Learning: Multiplex Learning Networks in the Workplace" (2023). Human Resource Development Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 40.