Social Cognitive Theory 101

Applying this psychological theory to enhance employee learning, growth, and development in the modern workplace

David C. Wyld
Modern Business
Published in
5 min readJun 18, 2024

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Overview

Social cognitive theory is a framework that explains how people learn from their environment through observation, modeling, and reinforcement. It has been widely used in management to understand how individuals in organizations develop cognitive structures and behaviors through social interactions in their work environment. This article will discuss the key concepts of social cognitive theory, its applications in management, and the implications for organizational behavior.

The Origins of Social Cognitive Theory

Social cognitive theory is a psychological framework that emphasizes the importance of observational learning, self-efficacy, and reciprocal determinism in shaping human behavior. Canadian-American psychologist Albert Bandura first introduced the theory in the 1970s and has since become one of the most influential theories in…

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David C. Wyld
Modern Business

David C. Wyld is a Professor of Strategic Management & Consultant. Follow him here on Medium for his latest publications. He supports his fellow Medium writers.