An empirical study of factors influencing training transfer in the management training intervention

Yasmin Yaqub (Department of Management, Birla Institute of Technology Mesra (Lalpur), Ranchi, India)
Arun Kumar Singh (Department of Management, Birla Institute of Technology Mesra (Lalpur), Ranchi, India)
Tanusree Dutta (OB/HR, Indian Institute of Management Ranchi, Ranchi, India)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Publication date: 14 January 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to predict the transfer of training (ToT) from management training. This study empirically examined the predictive power of ToT factors, namely, individual characteristics (self-efficacy), training intervention design (training approaches) and work climate (organizational support) among the study respondents.

Design/methodology/approach

All the proposed research hypotheses were tested through survey data. Data was collected using a questionnaire from managers working in different departments of an Indian public manufacturing organization. A sum of 273 usable data was analyzed, and the structural equation modeling technique was used to test the proposed theoretical model.

Findings

The study results showed a direct and positive association among self-efficacy, work climate and training intervention design with training transfer. The study findings suggest that self-efficacy, training approaches and organizational support predict ToT.

Practical implications

The study findings have a beneficial impact on designing and delivering successful management training intervention among managers. To enhance training transfer, organizations could consider all these three factors. A replication of the study in national and international settings would help improve generalizability.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study that explored the new relationships of selected factors with ToT in management training. An improved understanding of the interactive impact of self-efficacy, training approaches and organizational support on the ToT is provided.

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Citation

Yaqub, Y., Singh, A.K. and Dutta, T. (2021), "An empirical study of factors influencing training transfer in the management training intervention", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-02-2020-0034

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