Training for knowledge transfer: A study of formal training for mobile engineers
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Purpose The aim of this article is to explore how engineering consultants develop the ability to effectively transfer knowledge through a formal training program for newly graduated engineers
Design/methodology/approach This article reports on a qualitative case study of an introductory development program in a Scandinavian technical consulting firm. The study is based on 14 observations in training sessions and meetings, and 18 interviews with participants, trainers and developers of the program.
Findings This study identifies a process, comprised of three consecutive stages, which develops the engineering consultants’ ability to effectively transfer knowledge by enabling them to master their mobile and transient work situation: (i) identifying the core of an assignment, (ii) broadening the scope of action, and (iii) becoming more self-confident in the role of consultant.
Originality/value This article adds to the knowledge transfer literature by taking an individual level perspective and identifying how formal training in the context of technical consulting affects the engineering consultants’ ability to transfer knowledge.
Mobile engineers, engineering consultants, liminality, knowledge transfer, formal training
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118496OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-118496DiVA: diva2:814967