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Improving transfer of training with transfer design: Does supervisor support moderate the relationship?

Ragini Chauhan (Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India)
Piyali Ghosh (Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India)
Alka Rai (Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India)
Sanchita Kapoor (Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

In response to a perceived need for research investigating the relatively less-explored role of supervisor support as a moderator in the transfer mechanism, this paper aims to empirically examine the influence of transfer design on transfer of training and also the moderating role of supervisor support between these constructs.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was conducted using a self-reported questionnaire administered on employees of a manufacturing unit engaged in power transmission and located at the city of Allahabad in India. The sample size of the study is 149. The role of supervisor support as a moderator was tested using hierarchical regression analysis.

Findings

Findings of the study direct organizations to consider both transfer design and supervisor support to get the maximum output from training. The moderating role of supervisor support is confirmed in the study.

Practical implications

If a trainer is not able to provide much practice to the trainee during training programme, then a supportive supervisor can counter such poor transfer design. A well-designed training programme should be coupled with supervisor support to ensure effective transfer of training. Influence of transfer design on transfer of training is likely to be more if the supervisor is supportive.

Originality/value

The authors have hypothesized and established the direct influence of transfer design on training transfer. Further, supervisor support has been found to moderate the relationship between transfer design and transfer of training.

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Citation

Chauhan, R., Ghosh, P., Rai, A. and Kapoor, S. (2017), "Improving transfer of training with transfer design: Does supervisor support moderate the relationship?", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 268-285. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-08-2016-0079

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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