Successful Training Transfer ? Measuring the Impact of Individual and Organizational Factors on Transfer Process
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8. Nachwuchsförderworkshop der Fachgruppe Arbeits-, Organisations- und Wirtschaftspsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie
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My PhD research is about training transfer in organizational settings. Since lifelong learning became an essential factor to take actively part in the constantly changing labour market (Commission of the European Communities, 2006), both, the supply of and the demand for trainings grew enormously in the last few decades. How much and what kind of benefit trainings actually bring about, is, however, a question hotly debated. In order to contribute in answering this question and to learn more about the impact of organizational support in the process of training transfer, a cross-sectoral training evaluation was already conducted and two additional evaluation studies are planned. Study 1, which was submitted for publication already, analyzed the role of job dissatisfaction, motivation to transfer, and outcome expectations in the training transfer process. 207 participants of different training programs provided by a national institute of further education completed an online questionnaire. By introducing job dissatisfaction as one of the factors causing transfer failure and investigating its relation to motivation to transfer and expected positive consequences, a new avenue in transfer research was opened. Study 1 suggests that by taking the right measures an organization might still profit from training even if employees are currently dissatisfied. Study 2 is carried out at the very moment. To obtain an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the way organizational support affects training transfer in the long run a multi-level study is conducted. Study 3 is going to be planned in detail dependently on the results Study 2 brings about. Of particular interest to me is the link between leadership and transfer research. Considering the great amount of knowledge gained in the field of leadership this link could provide beneficial suggestions for practitioners and researchers.