An intention-based model of transfer of training


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Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to explicate and test an intention-based model to explain transfer of training behavior. The theory of planned behavior (TPB) is utilized to examine the role of transfer intention in the transfer of training process. Design/methodology/approach– A sample of 132 construction practitioners in Hong Kong was adopted. All measurement and structural models were assessed with structural equation modeling. Findings– Results showed that the three antecedents positively affected transfer intention, while perceived behavioral control and transfer intention affected transfer behavior positively. Moreover, a post hoc analysis supported the mediating role of transfer intention in the relationship between the antecedents and transfer behavior. Practical implications– Confirmation of the mediating role of intention has ascertained that it should be the core of a transfer of training model. To strengthen the transfer behavior, one has to find ways to increase the intention to transfer. Originality/value– This paper examined an intention-based model of transfer of training based on the TPB. The latter has rarely been applied to the prediction of transfer behavior. Copyright © 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)908-928
JournalManagement Research Review
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015


Cheng, E. W. L., Sanders, K., & Hampson, I. (2015). An intention-based model of transfer of training. Management Research Review, 38(8), 908-928.


  • Structural equation modeling
  • Transfer of training
  • Theory of planned behavior
  • Transfer behavior
  • Transfer intention

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