Evaluation of formal training programmes in Greek organisations

Anastasios D. Diamantidis (Production & Management Engineering Department, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece)
Prodromos D. Chatzoglou (Production & Management Engineering Department, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Publication date: 9 November 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to highlight the training factors that mostly affect trainees' perception of learning and training usefulness.

Design/methodology/approach

A new research model is proposed exploring the relationships between a trainer's performance, training programme components, outcomes of the learning process and training usefulness. The validity of this model is tested empirically adopting the structural equation modelling approach, using data from 126 employees who have participated in different training programmes.

Findings

All the factors that constitute a training programme (trainer performance, training environment and training goals, content, material, process) have been found to affect both learning outcomes and training usefulness.

Research limitations/implications

The long‐term results of a training programme are not examined.

Practical implications

Although all the aspects and components of the training programmes should be carefully considered by the training programme designer, training process and trainer performance have the strongest direct and indirect effect (respectively), on both learning outcomes and training usefulness.

Originality/value

In this study, all the factors that constitute a training programme are incorporated in a single model using data from small and medium‐sized enterprises. Overall, the final model can explain 39 and 60 percent of the variance in learning and training usefulness, respectively.

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Citation

Diamantidis, A. and Chatzoglou, P. (2012), "Evaluation of formal training programmes in Greek organisations", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 36 No. 9, pp. 888-910. https://doi.org/10.1108/03090591211280955

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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