Beyond supervisors’ support: influencing (international) technical training transfer

Beyond supervisors’ support: influencing (international) technical training transfer PurposeThis paper aims to provide an understanding of influencing motivation and volition in the transfer of learning within the context of technical training in different countries by controlling predictors.Design/methodology/approachIn six countries, employees from one automotive company’s service centres were asked to complete two online questionnaires after a blended learning training program with technical content (t1: 7 to 12 days after the training, t2: 5 to 7 weeks after). In total, 441 technical staff members participated.FindingsResults suggest that motivation and volition mediate the effects of peer support, content validity and supervisor support on training transfer after a technical training. The outcomes show that peer support has an important influence on motivation and that national culture is less important than company culture.Research limitations/implicationsThe results should be tested further in different trainings, companies and countries.Originality/valueThis is one of the first international studies to confirm peer support and content validity as predictors for motivation to transfer after technical training. It is also the first instance of exploring possible mediation by motivation and volition on peer support and content validity after technical training in an intercultural context. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Training and Development Emerald Publishing

Beyond supervisors’ support: influencing (international) technical training transfer

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2046-9012
DOI
10.1108/EJTD-08-2019-0141
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PurposeThis paper aims to provide an understanding of influencing motivation and volition in the transfer of learning within the context of technical training in different countries by controlling predictors.Design/methodology/approachIn six countries, employees from one automotive company’s service centres were asked to complete two online questionnaires after a blended learning training program with technical content (t1: 7 to 12 days after the training, t2: 5 to 7 weeks after). In total, 441 technical staff members participated.FindingsResults suggest that motivation and volition mediate the effects of peer support, content validity and supervisor support on training transfer after a technical training. The outcomes show that peer support has an important influence on motivation and that national culture is less important than company culture.Research limitations/implicationsThe results should be tested further in different trainings, companies and countries.Originality/valueThis is one of the first international studies to confirm peer support and content validity as predictors for motivation to transfer after technical training. It is also the first instance of exploring possible mediation by motivation and volition on peer support and content validity after technical training in an intercultural context.

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European Journal of Training and DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 5, 2020

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