Psychological Capital and training transfer motivation

review of pre–training positive affect

Andrew West, Suzanne Ryan

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As training and development, along with continuous learning has become an important aspect of work, the effectiveness of the transfer of knowledge, skills and behaviours to the workplace have been called into question. A meta-analysis of training transfer has called to move beyond contextual constraints to evaluate the psychological traits and states that impact training transfer motivation. The recent field of positive organisational behaviour, specifically the positive higher order state, Psychological Capital, is reviewed in relation to its potential to meet calls to evaluate psychological traits and states in respect to training transfer motivation. Previous research into the relationship between Psychological Capital and its four primary constructs (hope, optimism, resilience, and self–efficacy) with training transfer motivation is explored. A summary of the criticisms of Psychological Capital is given, with suggestions for modifications for future research. Research issues are raised for future research incorporating pre-training motivation and trainee’s positive psychological states, through Psychological Capital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-68
Number of pages9
JournalNew Zealand journal of human resources management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Psychological Capital
  • training transfer motivation

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