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Effects of trainee characteristics, training attitudes and training need analysis on motivation to transfer training

Malabika Sahoo (KIIT School of Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India)
Sumita Mishra (KIIT School of Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 18 February 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Trainees’ motivation to transfer the training imparted is an important constituent in determining required training outcomes in organizations. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of trainee characteristics, training attitudes and training need analysis on motivation to transfer training.

Design/methodology/approach

Research hypotheses were tested using a survey. A questionnaire was used to collect data from employees of an Indian governmental power transmission organization, attending any one soft skills training programme in the past year. Out of the 500 questionnaires distributed, 389 were deemed useable for the study, producing an effective response rate of 77.8 per cent.

Findings

The findings establish a direct and positive association between trainee characteristics, training attitudes and need analysis with transfer motivation.

Originality/value

This study contributes to extant literature by examining associations in hitherto underexplored areas such as that of training attitudes and training need analysis with transfer motivation. In addition, the findings provide insights into challenges pertaining to transfer motivation in soft skills training initiatives.

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Citation

Sahoo, M. and Mishra, S. (2019), "Effects of trainee characteristics, training attitudes and training need analysis on motivation to transfer training", Management Research Review, Vol. 42 No. 2, pp. 215-238. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-02-2018-0089

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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