Test of the MBA knowledge and skills transfer

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In view of the growing popularity of the MBA degree as a management development tool, there is a need to examine knowledge and skills transfer among MBA graduates. This study then developed and tested a parsimonious model of perceived transfer of knowledge and skills of MBA graduates to the job. Respondents were those who had completed part-time MBA programmes in Hong Kong for at least one year but not more than five years. LISREL results revealed a modest fit of the model to the data. The path coefficients further revealed that seven of the fifteen predicted relationships were statistically significant and in the predicted direction. Specifically, self-efficacy, Type A personality, transfer climate, and transfer rewards were positively related to motivation to learn, while organizational commitment was negatively related to motivation to learn. The results also indicated that motivation to learn, continuous-learning culture, and utility of MBA programme were positively related to perceived knowledge and skills transfer. Copyright © 2000 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-852
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000


Cheng, E. W. L. (2000). Test of the MBA knowledge and skills transfer. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 11(4), 837-852. doi: 10.1080/09585190050075150


  • Transfer of training
  • Transfer of learning
  • Knowledge transfer
  • MBA
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Lisrel


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