Transfer of Training After an Organizational Intervention in Swedish Sports Clubs: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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Leadership development programs are common in sports, but seldom evaluated; hence, we have limited knowledge about what the participants actually learn and the impact these programs have on sports clubs’ daily operations. The purpose of the current study was to integrate a transfer of training model with self-determination theory to understand predictors of learning and training transfer, following a leadership development program among organizational leaders in Swedish sports clubs. Bayesian multilevel path analysis showed that autonomous motivation and an autonomy-supportive implementation of the program positively predicted near transfer (i.e., immediately after the training program) and that perceiving an autonomy-supportive climate in the sports club positively predicted far transfer (i.e., 1 year after the training program). This study extends previous research by integrating a transfer of training model with self-determination theory and identified important motivational factors that predict near and far training transfer.

Andreas Stenling and Susanne Tafvelin are with the Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.

Address author correspondence to Andreas Stenling at Andreas.stenling@umu.se.
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