The timing of training, learning, and transfer

By Ellen Van Velsor & Christopher W. Musselwhite
Center for Creative Leadership


Describes situations in which managers are better able to listen to feedback from others and to learn, including (1) during career transitions and (2) when job satisfaction is decreased and organizational stress is present. Factors relating the timing of leadership development training to its use on the job (i.e., transfer of learning) are listed. These include the ways in which the organizational climate, a normal work routine, follow-up training, promotion, and personal and family stressors can facilitate or reduce transfer of learning. The choice among 3 candidates for management training illustrates how these factors should be considered. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


Van Velsor, E., & Musselwhite, W. C. (1986). The timing of training, learning, and transfer. Training & Development Journal, 40(8), 58–59.

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