Factors influencing perceived learning transfer of an outdoor management development programme in Malaysia

Patricia Yin Yin Lau, Gary N. McLean

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    This study investigated if components of outdoor management programme, participant characteristics and work environment characteristics influence perceived transferable skills. The study used 148 executive and management participants who attended a 3-day outdoor management programme using experiential learning at a secondary rainforest in Malaysia. Motivation to learn was the predictor of perceived transferable skills. Macro-dynamic activities, continuous learning culture and self-efficacy were found to significantly influence perceived transferable skills, but micro-dynamic activities, instructor's skills and perceived content validity were not. The outdoor management development programme was not effective in achieving its main objectives and return on investment to the relevant stakeholders. A well-designed instructional programme should be developed for accountability purposes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)186-204
    Number of pages19
    JournalHuman Resource Development International
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Management development
    • Outdoor training
    • Participant characteristics
    • Training methods and activities
    • Transfer of training
    • Work environment

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