The purpose of the study was to determine the elements of human, structural and social capital that contribute to organizational learning in health institutions.
An explanatory descriptive study. The sample was 1074 nurses from seven hospitals in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. An identification data and the questionnaire of human, structural and social capital, designed for the present study, were applied. It was approved by the Committees of Ethics and Research of health institutions and it was requested the authorization through the signing of informed consent. A descriptive and inferential analysis was performed through the multiple linear regression.
The dimension was founded with lowest corresponds score to the Social Capital (M = 64.03, SD = 19.90), followed by Human Capital (M = 65.63, SD = 13.51), and Structural Capital (M = 70.08, SD = 25.80). Organizational learning reported a mean of 66 (SD = 21.59) of a maximum score of 100. Organizational learning was determined by structural capital, by job satisfaction (the element of human capital) and by trust and shared vision, both elements of social capital. These variables explain 56% of the variance (p = .0001).
The satisfaction at work, resources structure (technology, information systems, care protocols), trust and shared vision are aspects that must be strengthened health within institutions because of their impact on organizational learning.