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Influences of workplace environment factors on employees’ training transfer

Khahan Na-nan (Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani, Thailand)
Kanokporn Chaiprasit (Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani, Thailand)
Peerapong Pukkeeree (Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 17 October 2017

Issue publication date: 15 November 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the direct and indirect influences of workplace environment factors on the motivation to transfer the acquired training (MT) and the transfer of training. The workplace environment factors under study encompass the organizational support, supervisor support, peer support, technological support and the opportunity to use the acquired training.

Design/methodology/approach

In the study, the empirical data were garnered from a sample of 220 business school students, using a 52-question questionnaire. A research framework was first proposed and the structural equation modeling subsequently utilized to test the research framework and determine the direct influence of the workplace environment factors on the transfer of training and also their indirect influence on TT through the MT variable.

Findings

The structural equation modeling model is congruent with the empirical data, with the χ2 statistic of 24.414, the degree of freedom of 21, the p-value of 0.273, the goodness of fit index of 0.977 and the root mean square error of approximation of 0.027. The findings revealed that the workplace environment factors directly influenced the training transfer behavior of the participants and indirectly through the MT of the individuals. Most importantly, the proposed model could achieve the coefficient of prediction (R2) as high as 82 percent.

Originality/value

Workplace environment is important to motivation to transfer and transfer of training. To enhance the training transfer effectiveness, businesses should take into account the contributions associated with each environment factor in the design and implementation of training programs.

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Citation

Na-nan, K., Chaiprasit, K. and Pukkeeree, P. (2017), "Influences of workplace environment factors on employees’ training transfer", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 49 No. 6, pp. 303-314. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-02-2017-0010

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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