Planning, managing, and optimizing transfer of training

Machin, M. Anthony ORCID: (2002) Planning, managing, and optimizing transfer of training. In: Creating, implementing, and managing effective training and development. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., San Francisco, United States, pp. 263-301. ISBN 0-7879-5396-2


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Broad and Newstrom (1992) defined the transfer of training to the workplace as
“the effective and continuing application, by trainees to their jobs, of the knowledge and
skills gained in training - both on and off the job” (p. 6). Broad and Newstrom also stated
that, in their experience with a wide range of organisations, transfer problems nearly
always occurred when training employees. Other authors have suggested that as little as
10% of training is transferred to the workplace (Georgenson, 1982), although this level
may be higher immediately after training, and decline over time (Newstrom, 1986).
Whatever the actual level of transfer of training, when training does not transfer, it is
likely that employees will perceive training to be a waste of their time and employers will
continue to question the benefit of their investment in training. A number of authors have
addressed the problem of how best to optimise the transfer of training. While the focus of
this chapter is on specific strategies for improving transfer of training, there are several
important theoretical models of the transfer process that form the foundation of these
improvement strategies. Therefore, some of these models will be outlined, an integrated
model will be described, and then the specific strategies for optimizing the transfer of
training will be presented.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:01
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 03:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: transfer of training
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology

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