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The purpose of the paper is to create the evaluation model of stakeholders’ importance in human resource training projects. To attain the papers purpose the literature review, content analysis, expert survey and qualitative synthesis are used. The main results of study reveal that training participants mostly consider the training projects’ appropriateness to own professional and personal interest. While managers and training providers highly value the application of new knowledge, skills and attitudes derived from training projects. Therefore, in order to generate stakeholders’ interest to human resource training projects and to ensure the projects’ usefulness, the individual benefits of training and the possibilities of learning application should be analysed and communicated for relevant stakeholder group. In view of the fact that human resource training projects are primarily focused on improvement of organisational performance, the congruence of training participants’ and their managers’ expectations about such projects is significant.
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The Importance of Stakeholders in Human Resource Training
Projects
Inga Erina
a,
*, Iveta Ozolina-Ozola
b
, Elina Gaile-Sarkane
c
a, b, c
Riga Technical University, Kalnciema street 6, Riga, LV1048, Latvia
Abstract
The purpose of the paper is to create the evaluation model of stakeholders’ importance in human resource training projects. To
attain the papers purpose the literature review, content analysis, expert survey and qualitative synthesis are used. The main results
of study reveal that training participants mostly consider the training projects’ appropriateness to own professional and personal
interest. While managers and training providers highly value the application of new knowledge, skills and attitudes derived from
training projects. Therefore, in order to generate stakeholders’ interest to human resource training projects and to ensure the pro-
jects’ usefulness, the individual benefits of training and the possibilities of learning application should be analysed and commu-
nicated for relevant stakeholder group. In view of the fact that human resource training projects are primarily focused on im-
provement of organisational performance, the congruence of training participants’ and their managers’ expectations about such
projects is significant.
© 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Peer-review under responsibility of Kaunas University of Technology, School of Economics and Business.
Keywords: Stakeholder; Human resource; Training, Project; Evaluation.
Introduction
Nowadays, the innovative approaches to human resource training should be applied to ensure organisation with
knowledgeable and skilful human resources. The fast “ageing” of knowledge and skills make reasonable the devel-
opment of short-term training as projects that are worked out for specific training needs. To provide maximal bene-
fits the training projects must incorporate interests of main stakeholders groups.
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E-mail address: inga.erina@rtu.lv
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The stakeholder theory, elaborated by Freeman (1984), has growing interest in various areas of management. In
project management literature, stakeholder research is viewed as complex and difficult, but there are clear under-
standings that stakeholders have a key role in project implementation and performance indicators.
In project management theory, the stakeholders are analysed in the context of innovation (e.g. Elias, Cavana &
Jackson, 2002), construction project management (e.g. Olander, 2007), information and communication technology
(e.g. Bailur, 2006) etc. However, there are a few studies devoted to t
he application of stakeholder approach in man-
agement of human resource training projects. The theme of stakeholder approach to training as such is popular in
human resource development, but in the most of studies, conducted in this area, the stakeholders are analysed in the
context of training viewed as formative or standardised process (e.g. Michalski & Cousins, 2000) or in the context
of the certain model of training evaluation (e.g. Nickols, 2005). Therefore, this paper is focused on exploration of
stakeholders’ interests or requirements in the different phases of the training project lifecycle, based on the theory of
th
e project lifecycle and the human resource training stages, and on the different, well-known models of training
ev
aluation.
1. The theoretical background of human resource training projects for stakeholders
In human resource management literature, human resource training is defined as the application of formal pro-
ces
ses to impart knowledge and help employee to acquire the skills necessary for them to perform their jobs satisfac-
torily (e.g. Armstrong, 2009). The term “formal” in this and similar definitions of training emphasizes the training
that follows some designed form, contrary to informal training that does not have a consistent form. The effective
hu
man resource training should be systematic, therefore some authors stress that training is the systematic process
by which employee learning is promoting (e.g. Latham, 1988).
There are some differences between human resource training process, system and project. A training process pro-
du
ces results through work being done in the process, while a training system produces results through the interac-
tion of processes (Hoyle, 2009). Training process is uniform and regular, but training project is more innovative,
unique, with clear beginning and end states (Lidow, 2014). Therefore, training projects are managed in distinctive
w
ay than standardised training in organisations.
To analyse the stakeholders’ importance in human resource training projects, Weiss’s and Wysocki’s (1992) the-
ory of project phase and Armstrong’s (2009) list of human resource training stages are linked up. Thus, a number of
training stages as Establishing of learning needs, Defining of learning objectives, Deciding on content, methods of
delivery and on the location and facilities required, the budget and who delivers the programme, Preparing infor-
mation on the event relate to Project Planning phase. The stage of Delivering the learning corresponds to Project
Ex
ecution phase, and the stage of Evaluating the learning corresponds to Project Monitoring and Control phase.
Only phases of Project Initiation and Project Closure have not analogic stages of human resource training what is
conformable to meaning of project.
Since stakeholders involved in human resource training project consider various aspects of such training oppor-
tunity, the models of training evaluation are screened out. Af
ter analysing of reviews on training evaluation theme
(e.g. Scofield, 2010; Zinovieff, 2008), the thirteen models were c
hosen for further exploration to identify essential
criteria of training evaluation to different groups of stakeholders.
In despite of analysed models’ conceptual (mainly between so-called “goal-oriented” and “system-oriented”
evaluation models) and terminological differences, the similarities between models’ proposed criteria were summa-
rised. To summarise these similarities, the content analysis method was used, by which the specific criteria of mod-
els were aggregated into thematic groups. As a result, the nine criteria groups are highlight (see Fig. 1). The “Con-
text” comprises aspects of training project referred to target group, training necessity and training goals accordance
with training needs of target group. The “Input” relates to such aspects as required resources, number of trainees,
project uniqueness, and appropriateness of training content, form and methods to training goal. The “Process” con-
sists of training project’s aspects characterised the feedback, adjustment and attendance. The “Reaction” comprises
aspects of trainees’ satisfaction with the organisation of training and with the training in overall. The “Learning”
includes aspects of direct results from training, i.e. acquired knowledge, developed skills and changed attitudes. The
“Application” refers to aspects described the application of training results in workplace, organizational support for
such application, and changes in trainees’ behaviour. The “Effect” consist of aspects expressed the changes in train-
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ees’ professionalism level in general, in theirs work indicators as productivity, quality etc. and theirs job satisfaction
and motivation. The “Efficiency” includes aspects related to changes in financial and economic indicators of organi-
zation. The last criteria group, “Societal impact”, consists of training aspects characterised the social and economic
impact of training on large social groups.
The identified criteria groups and specific criteria within these groups represent the more comprehensive list of
potentially significant aspects of training for different stakeholder groups. This list enables training project managers
to take into account the broader scope of stakeholders’ interests or requirements that could facilitate the usefulness
of project.
Fig. 1. Aggregation of training evaluation criteria derived from training evaluation models.
In accordance with functional role of stakeholders in human resource training projects, there are such stakeholder
groups as trainers, participants, participant’s managers, finance managers, executive directors, and personnel spe-
cialists (Allan, 2008). For detailed analysis of stakeholders’ importance in human resource training projects the three
stakeholder groups were selected potential participants of training project (participants), m
anagers of potential
participants (managers), and training specialists (providers).
2. Method
T
o verify the importance of the criteria of human resource training projects for chosen group of stakeholders the
expert method was applied. The three expert groups were formed representing three stakeholders’ groups using the
opportunity sampling method. Initially each expert group comprise 10 experts, but because of unsatisfactory agree-
ment level of experts was found from preliminary data analysis the expert groups size was reduced. The experts
s
tated different opinion from majority were eliminated. Table 1 shows characteristics of expert groups.
All experts were contacted by face-to-face or e-mail and asked to fill questionnaire, respectively, to rank a) train-
ing evaluation criteria group and b) specific criterion within criteria groups. The untied ranking scale was exploited.
Experts were offered to rank each of the scale’s item in order of importance, from the “1” most important item
through the m” least important item.
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Table 1. Characteristics of expert groups.
Participants Managers Providers
Number (n) 669
Occupation manager 062
specialist 607
Years of experience in current occupation less than 1 100
1 -2 0 0 2
3 -5 3 3 5
6 - 10 122
more than 10 110
To ensure data reliability the Kendall’s coefficient of concordance (W) and Chi-Square were calculated for each
questionnaire’s scale separately for each expert group, and to identify the importance of criteria group or criterion
the Moda (Mo) was detected. The interpretation of expert survey results is formed on the data that show statistical
significance.
3. Results
Ta
ble 2 demonstrates that there are average level of agreement among experts in majority of questionnaire’s
scales.It might be explained partly by the small size of expert groups and the request to rank criteria towards train-
ing i
n general, without specifying training details. Nevertheless, there are certain tendencies observed. The training
participants have consensus on Context of training, while managers and training providers on Effect and Societal
impact of training; managers have a similar views on importance of learning results’ Application as well.
Table 2. Agreement level among experts.
All
cr
iteria
groups
Context Input Process Reaction Learning Application Effect Societal
impact
Participants Kendall’s W 0,764* 0,778 0,448 0,361 0,444 0,000 0,361 0,028 0,000
Chi-Square (df) 36,67(8) 9,33(2) 13,43(5) 4,33(2) 2,67(1) 0,00(2) 4,33(2) 0,33(2) 0,00(1)
Asymp. Sig. 0,000** 0,009 0,020 0,115 0,102 1,000 0,115 0,846 1,000
Managers Kendall’s W 0,374 0,444 0,606 0,
694 0,444 0,361 0,861 1,000 1,000
Chi-Square (df) 17,96(8) 5,33(2) 18,19(5) 8,33(2) 2,67(1) 4,33(2) 10,33(2) 12,0(2) 6,00(1)
As
ymp. Sig. 0,022 0,069 0,003 0,016 0,102 0,115 0,006 0,002 0,014
Providers Kendall’s W 0,761 0,
160 0,571 0,333 0,012 0,444 0,481 0,753 1,000
Chi-Square (df) 54,82(8) 2,89(2) 25,70(5) 6,00(2) 0,11 (1) 8,00(2) 8,67(2) 13,56(2) 9,00(1)
As
ymp. Sig. 0,000 0,236 0,000 0,050 0,739 0,018 0,013 0,001 0,003
*- figures in Bold indicate higher level of agreement
**- figures in Italic indicate that related level of agreement is statistically significant
Based on the results of expert survey the model of stakeholders’ importance in human resource training projects
is developed (see Fig. 2). The importance of projects’ criteria groups is presented for participants and providers, bu
t
not for managers becaus
e relevant expert group did not demonstrate sufficient level of agreement in order to draw
strong conclusions.
The expert survey results reveal that the Context and the Input of training projects have higher importance for
training participants, w
hile training providers value higher the Learning and the Application. As least important
criteria group participants as
sessed the Societal impact, and providers the Reaction. Managers have not strong
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agreement on priorities of criteria groups, but it should be noticed that rank “1” was most given to the Application
(n=3; mean rank = 3, that is most higher value in managers
estimations) and rank “9” to the Process (n=3).
Fig. 2.Model of stakeholders’ importance in human resource training projects (1 = most important; 9 = least important).
Looking through opinions of participants it could be detected that the most important criterion of training pro-
jects within the Context is the eligibility of training goal to participants’ pr
ofessional or personal needs. Conse-
quently, the importance of training necessity and the target group is assessed as second and third criterion. As for the
Input, where participants have average level of agreement, there is a tendency to value more the appropriateness of
training content to training goal, the project uniqueness and the required resources (financial, time etc.). The least
important criterion in this criteria group is the size of training group.
For training providers, in despite of their consensus on high importance of the Learning and Application, there is
some disagreement concerning significance of specific criteria. However, in both criteria group is relative conso-
nance about the most important criterion. Respectively, this is the level of developed skills and the application of
training results in workplace”.
Having rather low level of agreement on priorities o
f training projects’ criteria groups, managers share the opin-
ion that the most significant in the Application is the application of training results in workplace. The second is the
changes in trainees’ behaviour, and third is the organizational support. In other criteria groups received lower esti-
mation as the Effect (Mo = 6; mean rank = 3,5), the Societal impact” (Mo = 5; mean rank = 5,7) and the Process
(Mo = 9; m
ean rank = 7,5) there is consensus on following matters:
- the changes in trainees’ work indicators are most important
than the changes in social indicators (employee turn-
over, cohesion, reputation of organisation etc.) and the trainees’ benefits derived from training;
- the economic benefits of human resource training projects for society are more important than the social bene-
fits;
- the trainees’ attendance is most important factor than the p
ossibility to adjust training process and to receive or
give feedback in accordance with managers’ wi
shes.
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It is worthy to notice that, within criteria group “Effect”, managers and providers have similar viewpoint on im-
portance of the changes in trainees’ work indicators, but providers va
lue higher the trainees’ benefits than the
changes in social indicators of organisations. As for the Societal impact of training project, providers, un
like man-
agers, consider as more important the social benefits.
Conclusions
The study results approve that training participants, providers and managers value differently the various aspects
of training projects. For participants the projects’ accordance with own professional and personal interests is most
important. Providers and managers highly evaluate the application of acquired knowledge, developed skills and
changed attitudes in workplace that might be viewed as positive factor for successful cooperation.
From theoretical standpoint, the highlighted criteria of training project evaluation can contribute to further devel-
opment of the stakeholder value theories. To gain the more complete insight into the importance of stakeholders in
the different phases of the training project lifecycle, it remains for further research to investigate the larger sample of
stakeholder groups, analysed in this study, and other possible stakeholder groups such as personnel specialists, inner
and external sponsors of training, consumers. Because the stakeholders’ priorities may differ for specific types of
traini
ng, it is rationally to explore in future studies the stakeholders’ preferences in the context of the certain type of
training.
From practical consideration, the proposed model can be used by human resource professionals to develop or
choose the human resource training project in accordance with stakeholder approach in organisation management.
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