Research Should be Transferrable
In an earlier post I discussed why research should be generalizable. Here I will cover transferrability which is equally powerful. I will continue with my example where we had a hypothetical study showing that nurses who worked 8-hour shifts committed less errors than nurses who worked 12-hour shifts.
Transferability means that the original findings have been shown to work across many additional industries.
For a finding such as this to be transferrable, one would have to see similar results in different industries such as manufacturing, engineering, hotel management, newspaper production, etc. Not all research is meant to be transferrable or generalizable; however, if it is found to be transferrable it is an indicator that the findings may very well be replicable in your organization.