Title

Natural growth goals and short- term training: a boomerang effect

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Pace, RW, Regan, L, Miller, P & Dunn, L 2002, 'Natural growth goals and short- term training: a boomerang effect', International Journal of Training and Development, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 128-140.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2419.00041

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The purpose of this research project was to determine the effect of a training session about achieving natural growth goals on perceptions of a university classroom as a learning organisation. The results indicated that a short training session on how to achieve natural growth goals in an organisation appeared to have a boomerang effect on perceptions of a university classroom as a learning organisation. This study should alert us to the inevitable consequence of having our best training efforts backfire when they conflict with powerful, though latent, beliefs or cultural values.