Participation in Continuous, On-the-Job Training and the Impact on Job Satisfaction: Longitudinal Evidence from the German Labour Market

International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 969-985, 2007

Posted: 24 Oct 2006

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Yannis Georgellis

University of Kent

Thomas W.K. Lange

Auckland University of Technology

Abstract

A number of studies in the human resources literature acknowledge the importance of workplace training for inducing organisational commitment on the part of workers. However, small sample sizes and the absence of relevant panel data have raised concerns about the general validity of results and highlighted the need for further research to explicitly include on-the-job training as an important facet of job satisfaction. A similar empirical gap exists in the economics and industrial organization literature, where despite the importance of both, on-the-job training and job satisfaction, to influence labour productivity the relationship between the two has received surprisingly little attention. The aim of this paper is to bridge this gap in our knowledge and assess the impact of further training on job satisfaction in the western regions of Germany. We use data derived from the German Socio-economic Panel, which covers the period 1984-2002. Concentrating on full-time employed individuals, we focus in particular on the 1989, 1993 and 2000 interview waves, which include a number of questions on work-related training and offer detailed information on the type and duration of training received, and whether employers sponsored such training. The empirical results of the study provide information about the decision to participate in further training and the latter's impact on job satisfaction. Gender inequality issues in Germany's segmented labour market are explained by reference to discrepancy theory, equity theory, social exchange theory and the perception of a breach in the psychological contract between firms and female trainees.

Keywords: Continuous on-the-job training, job satisfaction, German labour market, segmentation, gender inequality, psychological contract

JEL Classification: J24, J28, J40

Suggested Citation

Georgellis, Yannis and Lange, Thomas W.K., Participation in Continuous, On-the-Job Training and the Impact on Job Satisfaction: Longitudinal Evidence from the German Labour Market. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 969-985, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=939502

Yannis Georgellis (Contact Author)

University of Kent ( email )

Canterbury, Kent CT2 7PE
United Kingdom

Thomas W.K. Lange

Auckland University of Technology ( email )

AUT City Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

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