Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this study is to validate, in an Italian sample, a multidimensional training motivation measure (T-VIES-it) based on expectancy (VIE) theory, and to examine the nomological network surrounding the construct.
Design/methodology/approach – Using a cross-sectional design study, 258 public sector employees in Northeast Italy (participating in a range of employer-sponsored training programs) filled out the T-VIES-it and questionnaires on goal orientation, job support for learning, and intention to transfer learning gained through training to the workplace. To validate the T-VIES-it and test its nomological network confirmatory factor analysis and structural equations models were used.
Findings – Results showed acceptable confirmatory factor analysis fit indices and psychometric properties of the T-VIES-it. Acceptable fit indexes were also found for the structural equations models tested. The modified model showed significant relations between learning goal orientation and the three dimensions of training motivation; and between the expectancy subscale and job support and intention to transfer.
Originality/value – The paper highlights that the T-VIES-it is a validated multidimensional assessment of training motivation, and the first its kind in Italian. The scale should provide value in training evaluations and in research related to training motivation.