Social Support in the Workplace and Training Transfer: A Longitudinal Analysis

14 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Dan S. Chiaburu

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Karen van Dam

Tilburg University - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Holly M. Hutchins

University of Houston

Abstract

Training transfer is crucial for workplace effectiveness, yet some of its social support antecedents are not well investigated. We examine the extent to which two forms of social support (from the organization and the supervisor) predict training transfer and propose several related processes explaining these influences. First, social support enhances training self-efficacy, increases trainees' mastery (learning) goal orientation, and their motivation to transfer. In turn, we propose that these individual factors are positively related to training-related cognitions. We test and confirm our model in a longitudinal study based on a sample of 111 employees. The results contribute to a better understanding of organization- and supervisor-based social support as predictors of transfer, and clarify several important related mechanisms.

Suggested Citation

Chiaburu, Dan S. and van Dam, Karen and Hutchins, Holly M., Social Support in the Workplace and Training Transfer: A Longitudinal Analysis. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 187-200, June 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1611968 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2010.00500.x

Dan S. Chiaburu (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Karen Van Dam

Tilburg University - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Holly M. Hutchins

University of Houston ( email )

4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204
United States

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