Employee decisions to enroll in microcomputer training

Joseph J. Martocchio

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This study examined (1) factors related to employee decisions to enroll in microcomputer training courses and valence, or anticipated satisfaction, with training, and (2) possible age differences in individual decisions and valence. Thirty‐seven university support staff employees participated. Participants made hypothetical decisions about enrolling in microcomputer training based on course announcements that varied in six factors: cost of training, learning, career advancement potential, job performance impact, personal growth, and course level. Participants were asked to rate their valence for the training based on each description. Substantial individual differences were found in valence and individual decisions to take training. Younger employees were more likely to take microcomputer training and indicated higher valence than older employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-69
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Resource Development Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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