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ERIC Number: EJ801493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0309-0590
Examining the Factor Structure and Predictive Ability of the German-Version of the Learning Transfer Systems Inventory
Bates, Reid; Kauffeld, Simone; Holton, Elwood F., III
Journal of European Industrial Training, v31 n3 p195-211 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this research is to examine the construct and predictive ability of a German version of the Learning Transfer Systems Inventory (GLTSI), an instrument designed to assess a constellation of 16 factors known to influence the transfer of training in work settings. Design/methodology/approach: The survey data for this study was collected from 569 employees working in 17 private sector organizations in Germany. This data was used to test the construct validity of the GLTSI using principle components analysis (common factor analysis). The predictive validity of the instrument was tested against individual and organizational level outcome measures using hierarchical stepwise multiple regression. Findings: Exploratory factor analysis of the GLTSI produced a 16 factor solution that was a highly consistent original English version of the LTSI. The results of the regression analysis showed that a subset of GLTSI scales were significant predictors of measures of individual transfer results and organizational performance. Research limitations/implications: The study relies on self-report data for both the independent and dependent variables and, although there is no evidence suggesting this was a problem, factors such as common method variance or social desirability could have influenced the correlations in this study in unknown ways. Certainly future criterion-related validation research with the GLTSI using outcome measures that do not rely on self-reports would be valuable. Future research with the GLTSI should also seek to modify certain items or add new items to enhance the emic or culture-specific nature of specific scales. Originality/value: This study contributes the study and practice of human resource development by furthering the dissemination of analytical tools across linguistic settings and enhancing the potential for the cross-cultural study of learning transfer and training effectiveness. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany