Motivation and career-development training programs: Use of regulatory focus to determine program effectiveness

  • Peter John Anthony Walden University
  • Jeffrey Weide Walden University Alumni
Keywords: Training, program management, career development, regulatory focus, motivational focus


The purpose of this study was to focus on the relationship between career-development training programs and the motivation of employees. The study used a qualitative method and a phenomenological design using semistructured interviews conducted with a script of open-ended questions. Two main components of the research design were the modified van Kaam method for exploration of experiences and the purposive selection of the participants. The 20 participants in the sample were project managers and consultants from south-central Texas, all of whom had experience with governmental projects. Based on interview responses, the findings of this study highlighted a concern from the participants that training programs have a major influence on workplace productivity and morale. Furthermore, the findings suggest the training program’s quality may influence workplace productivity. The authors conclude by pointing out the analysis of the answers showed that not only does workplace productivity decline from the changes in a training program, but employee motivation is altered as well.

DOI: 10.18870/hlrc.v5i2.214 

Author Biographies

Peter John Anthony, Walden University

Doctoral Faculty

College of Busines and Technology

Dissertation Chair

Jeffrey Weide, Walden University Alumni
Jeff Weide has worked various projects and improvement efforts for the past decade for the military and healthcare. Jeff has focused his latest educational and professional research efforts on strategy, process improvement, and workforce training and development. Jeff earned his Doctorate of Business Administration with an emphasis in Project Management from Walden University, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt knowledge certificate from Villanova University, and his Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.  Jeff now works for Denver Health Hospital Authority as a Lean Facilitator to improve processes for Denver’s primary safety-net hospital system.


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How to Cite
Anthony, P. J., & Weide, J. (2015). Motivation and career-development training programs: Use of regulatory focus to determine program effectiveness. Higher Learning Research Communications, 5(2), 24-33.