AN INVESTIGATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TRANSFER OF LEARNING FACTORS AND PERCEIVED ORGANIZATIONAL KNOWLEDGE PERFORMANCE IN SELECTED KOREAN ORGANIZATIONS

Open Access
Author:
Lee, Jin Gu
Graduate Program:
Workforce Education and Development
Degree:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
February 18, 2010
Committee Members:
  • William J Rothwell, Dissertation Advisor
  • William J Rothwell, Committee Chair
  • Wei Fan Chen, Committee Member
  • Judith Ann Kolb, Committee Member
  • Edgar Paul Yoder, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • Transfer system characteristics
  • Transfer of learning
  • Organizational knowledge performance
  • LTSI
Abstract:
The main purpose of this research was threefold. The first aim was to investigate the relationship between transfer of learning factors and perceived organizational knowledge performance as an organizational performance outcome. The second aim was to validate the generalized learning transfer system inventory (LTSI) within private, privatized, and public corporations in the Korean organizational context. The third aim was to examine transfer system characteristics in Korean culture across organizations, training types, and participant demographics. Transfer of learning factors, which were validated in the Korean context based on the original LTSI, were adopted as main independent variables, and individual level transfer results and organizational knowledge performance, respectively, served as dependent variables. Rigorous translation processes including forward translation and backward translation, subjective evaluation and objective evaluation, and pilot study evaluations were conducted to ensure the quality of the translation. Data were collected from thirteen heterogeneous organizations in Korea through a web-based survey. In this study, 484 cases were used as the final data set. The collected data were analyzed through different statistical techniques, which include descriptive statistics and internal consistency reliability, exploratory factor analysis (EFA), MANOVA, correlation, and multiple regression analysis. EFA results identified twelve transfer of learning factors in the Korean business context. Also, MANOVA analysis results demonstrated that the Korean transfer system characteristics were different depending on organizational types, training types, gender, age, and work experience in the organization not education level. Lastly, hierarchical multiple regression analysis results showed that there is a moderate positive relationship between transfer of learning factors and the perceived individual level transfer results as well as perceived organizational knowledge performance. Also, ancillary results identified the mediation roles of individual level transfer results.