SLHRD Interim Director, Bates, Co-Publishes Research Book


Dr. Reid Bates, interim director of the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), has co-published Influence of Organizational Learning Culture on Knowledge Worker's Motivation to Transfer Training: Testing Moderating Effects of Learning Transfer Climate.

Dr. Bates co-wrote and published the study alongside Dr. Pratyush Banerjee and Dr. Ritu Gupta, both assistant professors in the Department of Human Resource & Soft Skill at IFHE University, Hyderabad, India.

The study presented in the article examines how organizational learning culture influences employees’ motivation towards transfer of training, as well as how that relationship was affected by the existence of a favorable learning transfer climate in context of knowledge workers.

The sample for this study was drawn from academicians employed at various business schools in India to measure the perception toward participants’ organizational learning culture, learning transfer climate and their willingness to transfer knowledge from faculty development programs to their teaching and research. Dr. Bates and his co-researchers employed hierarchical regression analysis to test their hypotheses, and found that a positive perception of organizational learning culture was positively related to willingness to transfer training. This relationship was significantly moderated by performance coaching, an important dimension of learning transfer climate which is resistance to change and partially moderated by another dimension.

Dr. Bates’ major areas of scholarly interest include workplace training effectiveness, learning transfer and workforce development.  He has won a number of research awards and has published over 150 manuscripts including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and technical reports.  Dr. Bates is a developer of the Learning Transfer System Inventory (LTSI), a tool designed to improve the job application of workplace training.

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