Management training methods: Relative effectiveness and frequency

Sinniah, Veeriah (2008) Management training methods: Relative effectiveness and frequency. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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This study comparatively examined the relative effectiveness and frequency of use of modern and conventional training methods in Malaysian context. Indeed, researchers have set out to study and compare the effectiveness of various training methods. While literature from many of these studies commonly suggests there is no significant difference, others maintain that significant differences do exist because removing instructor feedback and human interaction, characteristics of conventional instructor-led training methods and classroom setting, deprives trainees of a critical dimension that is necessary for meaningful learning. Thus the debate is clearly not settled. The application of technology in both its “hard” (for example through computing technology) and “soft” (for example through instructional design) forms has enhanced the range of training methods available to practitioners. Today, much rhetoric has surrounded the use of techniques such as distance learning and computer-based training methods. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the perceptions of employees to modern training methods as compared to conventional training methods. This study also explores any significant difference in terms of size of organizations. A questionnaire survey of 200 employees in organizations of all sizes and from a range of sectors was conducted. The data suggested that there is no significant difference with respect to frequency of use, but there is a significant difference in terms of effectiveness. The result shows that at-job training methods are widely used and is also perceived as being the most effective method, whereas distance learning is not widely used as it is perceived as less effective. An analysis in terms of firm’s size revealed more similarities than differences between larger and smaller firms.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Management training, Relative effectiveness, frequency of use
Subjects: A General Works > AS Academies and learned societies (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 07:40
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2013 07:40

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