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Comparison of training methods with ELECTRE I and Merrill’s principles

Afaf Jghamou (National Higher School of Electricity and Mechanics, Casablanca, Morocco)
Aziz Maziri (National Higher School of Electricity and Mechanics, Casablanca, Morocco)
El Hassan Mallil (National Higher School of Electricity and Mechanics, Casablanca, Morocco)
Jamal Echaabi (National Higher School of Electricity and Mechanics, Casablanca, Morocco)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 1 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

In this paper, the authors focus on training as a frequently used knowledge management tool. This paper aims to help training function to achieve excellence at the first attempt by evaluating and deciding on the most interesting method for each training action before engaging the investment.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors apply instructional theories to evaluate the relevance of training methods and explored the multiple criteria decision analysis methods, which is a mathematical approach, for the evaluation to be rational. An experimental research based on study cases is also presented to test the applicability and effectiveness of the model proposed.

Findings

A decisional model that allows to choose rationally the most appropriate training method for each case. It is based on Elicitation and Choice Translating Reality (ELECTRE I) method, which is a multi-criteria decision analysis method and uses criteria from First Principles developed by Merrill in 2002.

Practical implications

The proposed model may have several implications for the improvement of training performance, particularly in the context of quality management systems that require product compliance based on continuous improvement and risk-based approaches. It can, therefore, be used as a tool to control the quality of training process or control the risk relative to the execution of a training action or more generally as a tool to “check” that training methods chosen are the most appropriate to attempt the training objectives before “act” the training action.

Originality/value

The combination of a decision analysis system with the theory of instruction and the applicability to training process management.

Keywords

Citation

Jghamou, A., Maziri, A., Mallil, E.H. and Echaabi, J. (2019), "Comparison of training methods with ELECTRE I and Merrill’s principles", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 43 No. 5/6, pp. 592-618. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-09-2018-0093

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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