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ERIC Number: EJ843558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5952
Situational and Demographic Influences on Transfer System Characteristics in Organizations
Chen, Hsin-Chih; Holton, Elwood F., III; Bates, Reid A.
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v19 n3 p7-25 Sep 2006
Transfer theories, which are closely related to evaluation theory, have been developed from a holistic perspective, but most of empirical transfer research has not effectively utilized holistic models to investigate transfer of learning until the late 1990s. Additionally, little has been done in examining the relationship between situational variables, demographic variables, and transfer system characteristics. This study contributes to transfer research by examining the combined effects of situational and demographic variables on a holistic model of perceived organizational transfer systems. A key finding was that demographic variables make only a marginal contribution to predicting transfer system characteristics when compared to situational variables. It seems clear that the differences in transfer system characteristics depend on diverse situational influences, primarily due to types of training programs and types of organizational cultures. This finding does not support one-size-fits-all transfer interventions. Future research may focus on investigating benchmark transfer practices in certain types of organizations or industries to empirically identify the true leverage points of a diagnosing instrument of transfer--the Learning Transfer System Inventory--for interventions and change. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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