A Checklist for Facilitating Training Transfer in Organizations

12 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2018

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Ashley M. Hughes

University of Illinois at Chicago

Stephanie Zajac

Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education

Jacqueline M. Spencer

Independent

Eduardo Salas

Rice University

Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

Organizations leverage training as a means of improving the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of trainees; but, effective training requires that this learning is transferred from the training environment to the actual performance of the work (that is, training transfer). Unfortunately, despite billions of dollars invested in learning each year, the ‘transfer problem’ represents a persistent challenge for organizations who wish to reap the benefits of training in that trained skills are often not used on‐the‐job post‐training. In order to address this issue, we have surveyed the existing research, identified practical considerations for maximizing training transfer, and organized them in the form of a checklist for those who design and deliver training. The checklist provides evidence‐based, actionable guidance for practitioners before, during, and after training program implementation to increase utilization of trained knowledge and skills on the job.

Suggested Citation

Hughes, Ashley M. and Zajac, Stephanie and Spencer, Jacqueline M. and Salas, Eduardo, A Checklist for Facilitating Training Transfer in Organizations (December 2018). International Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 334-345, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3293213 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijtd.12141

Ashley M. Hughes (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

1200 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60607
United States

Stephanie Zajac

Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education ( email )

Houston, TX
United States

Jacqueline M. Spencer

Independent ( email )

Eduardo Salas

Rice University ( email )

6100 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

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