BAM 554 Employee Training and Development
Text: Employee Training and Development
Fifth Edition, 2010
ISBN: 13: 978-0-07-353034-5
Authors: Raymond A. Noe
Multiple Choice Questions
(Enter your answers on the enclosed answer sheet)
1. Traditionally, the category of training emphasized by the most companies is:
basic and advanced skills.
2. Which of the following is not one of the job-related competencies critical for successful job performance?
3. is linked to strategic goals and objectives and benchmarks its training programs against those of other companies.
Total Quality Management training
Six Sigma training
4. involve(s) measuring progress with data, designing methods and processes to meet internal and external customers, and promoting cooperation with vendors, suppliers and customers.
5. Which of the following categories in the Malcolm Baldrige Award is most closely related to training and development?
Measurement, analysis and knowledge management
Work force focus
Customer and market focus
6. is a set of standards regarding how to establish quality standards and how to document work processes.
The Malcolm Baldrige award
7.______ are teams separated by time, culture, organizational boundaries and that rely on technology.
High performance work teams
Six Sigma teams
According to the 2004 ASTD Competency Model, which of the following is not one of the four roles of a training professional?
According to Noe, the component(s) of human capital that creates the greatest value for business is:
cognitive knowledge and advanced skills.
system understanding and self-motivated creativity.
conscientiousness and cognitive knowledge.
10. ______ may specify customers served and values received by customers.
11 In the strategic training and development process, all except are examples of metrics showing the value of training.
increased participation in training programs
12 The duties of traditional managers and managers of high-performance work teams are most similar.
managing individual performance and creating and maintaining trust
facilitating decision-making and managing group performance
plan and allocate resources and creating and maintaining trust
monitor the business environment and manage alignment
13. The type of training an organization offers and the resources provided are influenced by:
job analysis and human resource planning.
compensation and benefits.
staffing and human resource planning.
performance management and human resource planning.
14. Which of the following is not an advantage of centralized training?
The lowest cost training model
Drives a strong alignment with business strategy
Allows development of common metrics to assess quality
Elimination of course duplication and variation
15. The customer model approach to organ ization of a trai n ing department involves:
organizing a company to interface with customers.
asking customers what training employees need.
organizing the training department so that there is a training component for each functional unit or division of the firm.
focusing training initiatives on customer service.
16. The customer model of training department organization:
involves customers delivering training.
requires trainers to report to two managers.
requires no training director or administrator.
requires trainers to understand a functional area of the company as well as understanding instructional design.
17. Which one of the following management actions could least likely increase employees’ self-efficacy levels?
Letting employees know the purpose of the training programs
Providing as much information as possible about the training program and its purposes prior to the actual training
Showing employees the training success of their peers who are now in similar jobs
Using off-site rather than on-site formal training programs
18. Which of the following is not an issue to determine whether training is the best solution?
Is the performance problem important?
Can employees demonstrate the correct behavior?
Were other solutions too expensive or unrealistic?
Are employees approaching retirement age?
19. In the process of determining if training is the best solution for a performance problem, you discover employees were trained but rarely or never used the training content. This is an example of a factor affecting performance and learning.
20. The first step in task analysis is to:
develop a preliminary list of tasks performed on the job.
interview all job incumbents.
select the job or jobs to be analyzed.
identify the KSA’s important for successful task performance.
21. The most relevant type of needs analysis for preparing training materials is:
22. All of the following are true for competency models except:
identify the differences across jobs, occupational groups or organizational levels.
focus on how work is done.
link competencies to an organization’s goals.
are particularly useful for generating requirements for employee selection.
23. The first step in developing a competency model is:
identifying jobs, positions and job families.
conducting business and strategy analysis.
selecti ng needs assessment strategy.
identifying effective and ineffective job performers.
24. All except is a way competency models are useful for training and development.
identifying behaviors needed for effective job performance
faciIitating succession plann ing for managerial cand idates
providing guidelines for organizational analysis
providing a framework for coaching
25. In expectancy theory, is the perceived relationship between performance and rewards.
26. When an employee sees success in a training program as being able to perform better at their job, the training program has high for them.
27. When an employee sees success in a training program as leading to peer recognition, hard work and a good chance of promotion, the training program has high for them.
28. Self-efficacy is most similar to which of the following concepts?
29. The simplest learning strategy is:
organ izi ng.
worki ng storage.
30. “Gratifying,” in the learning process described, refers to:
pleasing the trainer by mastering the skill or knowledge being trained.
retrieving information from long-term memory.
giving the trainer a positive evaluation.
feedback the learner receives as a result of using learning content.
Research on the influence of age on training found that had the largest influence on training performance of trainees over 40 years of age.
teamwork and technology
structured material and frequent testing
use of texts versus computers
32. Specification of training objectives is important for all of the following uses except:
identification of training outcomes.
they are required by ASTD standards.
serve as tra i n i ng goa Is.
help trainees understand why they need training.
33. All but is a mode of knowledge sharing.
34. refers to converting explicit knowledge to tacit knowledge.
35. is personal knowledge based on individual experience and personal communications through discussion and demonstrations.
36. Which of the following is not an example of a knowledge management method?
High fidelity simulations
Communities of practice
37. refers to an individual who develops, implements, and links a knowledge/ learning culture with the company’s technology infrastructure?
Chief Technical Officer (eTO)
Chief Learning Officer (CLO)
Chief Training Dissemination Officer (CTDO)
Chief of Knowledge Transfer Officer (CKTO)
38. The purpose of having a CLO (chief learning officer) is:
to ensure trainers locate knowledge and distribute it.
to develop ways for team members to collaborate across different locations.
to develop, implement and link a knowledge culture with the companies technology infrastructure.
to design training programs for managers.
39. Which of the following is a reason knowledge management systems fail?
Organizations do not adequately fund them.
The systems are not updated and become obsolete.
Coordination between the training and information technology departments is inadequate.
Organizations do not adequately consider how to motivate employees to share knowledge.
40. “BelievabiIity” refers to:
trainees’ confidence in program effectiveness.
a low level of contamination and deficiency.
41. Which of the following is not a threat to internal validity?
Characteristics of the company
Reaction to the pretest
Trainees who drop out of the study or leave the organization
Regression to the mean
An evaluation study of the effectiveness of a new software program was conducted using volunteers with various characteristics. What is the greatest threat to validity?
Interaction of selection and training
Initial group differences
43. External validity refers to:
the generalizability of training results to other groups and situations.
C. internal consistency.
d. whether performance outcomes can be attributed to a training program.
All of the following except use of are ways to minimize threats to validity in eval uation stud ies.
pretests and posttests
onIy standardized tests
If the trainee group and control group can be assumed to similar levels of knowledge, behavior and results prior to training, the most efficient evaluation design is _
posttest only with comparison group
46. is a time period in which participants no longer receive the training intervention.
47. The best training evaluation design to use for programs aimed at improving readily observable outcomes such as accident rates, scrap rate and absences is _
48. The Solomon four-group evaluation design:
allows only for the assessment of how much change has occurred, not whether we can attri bute it to the tra i n i ng.
combines the pretest/posttest comparison group and posttest only designs for the most rigorous evaluation design.
does not reduce the threats to internal validity.
is used in nearly half of the companies that evaluate training.
49. All of the following except are characteristics of effective modeling.
key behaviors are clearly presented
each key behavior is repeated
a review of key behaviors is presented
models are similar in age to trainees
50. The predominant method of present modeling displays is:
role playi ng performed by the trainer
description in a training manual.
51. Which of the component of behavior modeling focuses on transfer?
Key behavior demonstration
Role play participation and practice
52. The components of team learning are:
knowledge, attitude, and behavior.
ski lis, abi I ities, and bel iefs.
summative, formative, evaluative.
proactive, reactive, reflective.
53. All of the following are strategies of team training except:
The type of training that instructs the team in how to share information and decision making responsibilities to maximize team performance is called:
team leader training.
55. Six Sigma involves principles of:
56. For motor skills, behavior modeling has better transfer than:
57. Which of the following training methods is best for transfer of learning?
58. is not a central issue in developing effective online learning.
Transfer of training
59. Directly translating an instructor-led, face-to-face training program online is called:
60. All of the following are principles for designing e-Iearning except:
exercises are located in one, easi Iy found location.
text is aligned closely to visuals.
key concepts are explained prior to the full process associated with the concepts.
exercises mimic the context of the job.
61. All of the following are true regarding blended learning except:
a significant problem is fast-changing technology.
it is less effective than face-to-face instruction for teaching information about ideas and concepts.
learners react more favorably to classroom instruction.
a significant problem is insufficient management support and commitment.
62. Branching story, interactive spreadsheet and game-based are all examples of:
63. All of the following are true regarding simulations except:
trainees can use them on their desktop computer.
they are meaningful and emotionally engaging.
they can put trainees in situations that would be dangerous in the real world.
training times are longer than other methods.
64. Virtual reality:
has the disadvantage of lack of similarity to the work context.
effectiveness depends at least partly on the extent to which it has a high level of presence.
is fun to use, but is not an effective training method.
is useful for addressing attitudinal outcomes.
65. PhotoSphere, Forterra and Second Life are examples of:
66. Which of following is a disadvantage of virtual worlds?
It has no disadvantages.
It cannot be used to teach interpersonal skills.
Team training is not possible.
There is very little evidence to support its effectiveness.
67. Negative outcomes of job rotation include all except:
higher costs than other development methods.
a short-term perspective of problems and sol utions.
motivation may suffer due to insufficient time in one position to receive a challenging assignment.
reduced productivity in the rotating employee’s home department.
68. An effective job rotation system is characterized by all of the following except:
The system is used to develop ski lis as well as give employees’ the experience needed for managerial positions.
The system is linked with the company’s career management process.
The system is restricted to a limited number of key positions and employees within the company.
The system ensures that employees understand the specific skills to be developed.
69. allows employees to take full-time, temporary operational roles at another company.
All of the following are personality characteristics of people likely to seek a mentor and be attractive as proteges except:
high need for power.
ability to adapt to a situation.
71. is an experienced, productive senior employee who helps develop a less experienced employee.
72. The best formal mentoring programs:
carefully assign a mentor to a protege without clouding the issue by seeking participant input.
randomly assign mentors to proteges.
provide little structure to get in the way of natural mentoring processes.
have clearly articulated purpose and roles.
Coaching, protection, sponsorship and providing challenging assignments, exposure and visibility are aspects of:
A peer or manager who works closely with an employee to motivate him or her, help him or her develop skills, and provide reinforcement and feedback is known as a:
75. Characteristics of the best coaches are empathetic, supportive, practical, and _
same sex as protege
76. Key components of effective managing diversity programs include all except:
top management support.
improving relations with external stakeholders.
making work/life balance initiatives such as flextime available.
issuing company uniforms to all employees to foster a sense of company unity.
77. is a unique, comprehensive database and directory of occupational titles, worker competencies, and job requirements and resources.
The Department of Labor Job Bank
The Workforce I nvestment Act data base
Which of the following is not an example of a training issue related to an internal training need?
Melting the glass ceiling
The Workforce I nvestment Act
Basic skills training
Joint union-management programs
79. Basic skills programs:
should be high profile so trainees can publicly participate.
are not really needed in today’s companies.
should be based on the gap between current skill levels and desired skill level.
should be highly abstract and conceptual to challenge trainees.
80. is a major training and development issue facing companies today. It involves issues such as how to move women and minorities into upper-level management positions.
Lack of basic skilis
Breaking the glass ceiling
81. All but one of the following is true of the glass ceiling. Name the exception.
The barrier may be due to a lack of access to training programs, developmental job experiences and developmental relationships, such as mentoring.
Research has found significant gender differences in access to job experiences involving transitions or creating change.
The barrier may be due to stereotypes that hinder the development of women and minorities.
Research shows male managers have received more assignments involving high levels of responsibility than female managers of similar ability and managerial level.
82. Succession planning involves all except which of the following?
Requires senior management to systematically conduct a review of leadership talent in the company.
Assures that top-level management talent is available.
It identifies specific employee replacements for each managerial position within the company.
It provides a set of developmental experiences that managers must complete to be considered for top management positions.
83. The first step in the succession planning process is to:
develop the succession planning review.
determine how employee potential will be measured.
identify the employees who are included in the plan.
identify what positions are included in the plan.
84. Characteristics of the best coaches are empathetic, supportive, practical, and _
same sex as protege
85. The final step in the career management process is:
91. Which of the following would best meet a need of many telecommuters?
Sh ift work
Compressed work week
92. The most challenging work option for organizations is:
job shari ng.
compressed work week.
93. Which of the following research findings regarding the effects of layoffs is not true?
Profits do not improve.
Commitment of remaining employees increases.
Effects on prod uctivity are mixed.
The workload increases.
94. Attitudes of employees regarding the fairness of layoffs is affected by all except:
if they were asked to cut costs to avoid layoffs.
if advance notice was provided.
the amount of severance pay provided.
if factors used to determine layoffs were applied to both line and staff.
According to the AARP/Roper Report, percent of baby boomers plan to work at least part time during their retirement.
Historically, of employees retire by the time they are years old.
97. refer to technology that organizes and appl ies the knowledge of human experts to specific problems.
case studies and team training.
interactive video training.
podcasts and Wikis.
As companies make greater use of high performance work teams, training must provide workers with skills in all areas except:
Use of briefings, newsletters and webpages to keep employees informed of what is happening in their organization is part of which step in the change process?
Communicate for buy-in.
Execute and create short-run wins.
Choose and announce action.
Identify the problem and create a sense of urgency.
100. is a complete review of critical processes and the redesign of those processes to make them more efficient and able to deliver higher quality.
86. An effective career management process includes all but one of the following features.
Name the exception.
a. Within some constraints, business units are able to customize the system for their own
b. The system is not contaminated by other HR functions, such as performance
management, training, and recruiting systems.
c. The system is positioned as a response to a business need.
d. Employees and managers participate in development of the system.
87. Which of the following is not a manager’s role in career management?
b. Requesting information from other company sources
c. Seeking challenge
88. Which among the following individuals in an organization is responsible to generate options,
experiences, and relationships?
a. Referral agent
89. All of the following are ways to evaluate career management systems except:
a. attitude surveys when improving morale as an objective.
b. reactions of employees and managers.
c. time to fill open positions.
d. reduction in cost of training programs.
90. Research shows that organizations ________________ operate more efficiently and have higher
retention rates than organizations without such plans.
a. with job sharing
b. providing hoteling
c. with flexible work schedules