Transfer of Learning in German Companies



Without specific measures to promote transfer of learning, only 10 % of what has been learned is transferred to everyday work. As a result, employees’ continuing education can only be sustainably effective for a company when continuing education is developed systematically and tailored for the target group to ensure application of what was learned. The present study analyzes methods being used to plan and evaluate continuing education in German companies, and how the transfer of learning is secured. The online survey of 107 listed and family-owned German companies with at least 1,000 employees evidenced a lack of a comprehensive understanding of transfer-promoting measures and the influencing factors. The most commonly used methods are ineffective, irrespective of the company’s size. Of the sampled companies, only higher revenue companies appropriate a higher degree of usefulness to transfer of learning security. Overall, targeted consulting with regard to theoretical background and individual, practical implementation is needed.


Learning Objective Family Business German Company Usefulness Perception Open Answer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Käthe Schneider
    • 1
  • Maria Pältz
    • 1
  • Helmut Stauche
    • 1
  1. 1.Friedrich-Schiller-UniversityJenaGermany

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