Title: Resources for development: the relationship of HRM practices and continuous learning culture with training success

Authors: Michel Zaitouni; Arezou Harraf; Amjad M. Kisswani

Addresses: Department of Management, College of Business Administration, Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST), Block 5, Building 1, Mubarak Al-Abdullah Area West Mishref, Kuwait ' Department of Business Studies, Box Hill College Kuwait, P.O. Box 29192. 13152 Safat, Kuwait City, Kuwait ' University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154, USA

Abstract: We tested the importance of two hypothesised resources HRM practices and continuous learning culture – in determining training success in the service industries in Kuwait. Using a sample of 605 employees from different Kuwaiti service firms, our results demonstrate that HRM practices have a positive association with training success by boosting employees' ability to learn and apply the newly learned skills to their work. Moreover, we found that organisations with continuous learning culture were more likely to achieve higher level of training success when they cultivate a climate of encouragement where employees learn and develop their full potential to complete their tasks better and with less mistakes. Furthermore, we tested the role of continuous learning culture in the relationship between HRM practices and training success and found that this relationship is partially mediated by continuous learning culture which illustrates and confirms the existence of a missing link between the two variables.

Keywords: continuous learning; employee development; career development; training success; Human Resource Practices.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2020.105099

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2020 Vol.20 No.1, pp.75 - 92

Accepted: 18 Oct 2018
Published online: 10 Feb 2020 *

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