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date: 15 July 2020

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This chapter contributes to the emerging field of self-determination theory (SDT) research in the domain of work by reviewing current studies relating workplace training and development (TAD) and SDT and suggesting possible avenues for future research. First, we briefly present the development of research on TAD and underpin why theories of work motivation have become increasingly relevant for understanding the impact of TAD on employee outcomes. Next, we present SDT within the context of training and development and then elaborate on the available research findings and identify areas of particular interest for future research. Finally, with respect to practical implications, we provide specific advice for organizations and managers interested in developing their training and development practices and aligning them more fully with the recommendations of SDT.

Keywords: workplace training and development, self-determination theory, employee outcomes, transfer of training, training effectiveness

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