Title: Transfer of training: an effective tool of knowledge application

Authors: Karim Wahba; Niki Kyriakidou; Janet Astley

Addresses: Emirates College of Technology, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street (previously Al Najda Street), Al Danah, Baniyas Tower B, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ' Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University, The Rose Bowl, 1 Portland Crescent, Leeds LS1 3HB, UK ' Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University, The Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds LS1 3HB, UK

Abstract: Training alone is not adequate to increase organisational effectiveness, as not all knowledge acquired from the training is implemented correctly in the workplace. To implement training effectiveness, acquired knowledge should be transferred to the workplace. This study intends to understand and describe how expatriate faculty members perceive the supervisor's support behaviours for an effective transfer of training during three stages, (i.e., before, during and after training) in the context of UAE's higher education (HE) sector. A qualitative interpretivist approach was adopted, and the data was generated from 21 expatriate faculty members in three HE institutions through semi-structured interviews. The findings had contributed to the knowledge concerning transfer of training, particularly, in the UAE's HE sector by proposing a framework which for the first time identifies the types of supervisors' supportive behaviours that foster transfer of training among faculty members in each phase of training - thereby increasing the knowledge application and training effectiveness in the UAE private HE sector.

Keywords: transfer of training; supervisor support; expatriate faculty members; UAE; HE sector.

DOI: 10.1504/GBER.2021.118703

Global Business and Economics Review, 2021 Vol.25 No.3/4, pp.273 - 291

Received: 03 Jun 2020
Accepted: 05 Oct 2020

Published online: 03 Nov 2021 *

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