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Handbook of Human Resource Development by Neal F. Chalofsky

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Workplace Learning

Rob Poell

Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Since the 1990s, workplace learning has become one of the crucial topics in the area of human resource development (HRD). The significant research work done in the 1980s on transfer of training (Baldwin & Ford, 1988; Holton, 1996) not only showed us how corporate training might be made more effective. It also (or even primarily) taught us that, no matter how well prepared and executed a formal training course is, the ultimate effect on the workplace is affected much more by the characteristics of the learner (e.g., motivation, intention to apply) and, of course, by the characteristics ...

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