Improving Training Effectiveness in Work Organizations

Improving Training Effectiveness in Work Organizations

Improving Training Effectiveness in Work Organizations

Improving Training Effectiveness in Work Organizations


This compelling volume presents the work of innovative researchers dealing with current issues in training and training effectiveness in work organizations. Each chapter provides an integrative summary of a research area with the goal of developing a specific research agenda that will not only stimulate thinking in the training field but also direct future research. By concentrating on new ideas and critical methodological and measurement issues rather than summarizing existing literature, the volume offers definitive suggestions for advancing the effectiveness of the training field. Its chapters focus on emerging issues in training that have important implications for improving both training design and efficacy. They discuss various levels of analysis-- intra-individual, inter-individual, team, and organizational issues--and the factors relevant to achieving a better understanding of training effectiveness from these different perspectives. This type of coverage provides a theoretically driven scientist/practitioner orientation to the book.


There is a compelling need for innovative approaches to the solution of many pressing problems involving human relationships in today's society. Such approaches are more likely to be successful when they are based on sound research and applications. This Series in Applied Psychology offers publications that emphasize state-of-the-art research and its application to important issues of human behavior in a variety of societal settings. The objective is to bridge both academic and applied interests.

A longstanding application of psychology has been in the area of workplace training and development. Applied psychologists have developed needs assessment methodologies, training design approaches, training delivery mechanisms, and training evaluation procedures. Research has examined basic issues of knowledge and skill acquisition, retention, and transfer as well as the factors that impact these training outcomes.

Important advances and new perspectives regarding learning and development are emerging from a variety of applied disciplines, such as industrial and organizational psychology, instructional psychology, human factors, and applied cognitive psychology. The training field has just begun to develop, integrate, and synthesize new perspectives and to generate new applications for improving training practice.

This book brings together a set of original chapters by prominent scholars in the area of training and development. The contributors include applied psychologists and human resource specialists who successfully bridge in their own careers the academic and applied interests that this book series strives to serve. The chapters provide a state-of-the-art assessment as well as a framework to guide future research and practice.

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