The Relationship between Perceived Training Opportunities, Work Motivation and Employee Outcomes

20 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2008

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Anders Dysvik

Independent

Bård Kuvaas

BI Norwegian Business School

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore alternative relationships between training opportunities and employee outcomes. A cross-sectional survey of 343 trainees from a broad range of Norwegian service organizations showed that the relationship between perceived training opportunities, and both task performance and citizenship behaviors were fully mediated, and that the relationship between perceived training opportunities and turnover intention was partially mediated by employee intrinsic motivation. In addition, intrinsic motivation was found to moderate the relationship between perceived training opportunities and organizational citizenship behaviors. The form of the moderation revealed a positive relationship for those with high intrinsic motivation. In sum, the variables included as predictors in our study explained 13 percent of the variance in task performance, 19 percent of the variance in organizational citizenship behavior and 24 percent of the variance in turnover intention. Implications for practice and directions for future research are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Dysvik, Anders and Kuvaas, Bård, The Relationship between Perceived Training Opportunities, Work Motivation and Employee Outcomes. International Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 12, Issue 3, pp. 138-157, September 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1224104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2419.2008.00301.x

Bård Kuvaas

BI Norwegian Business School

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