Diversity training programme outcomes: a systematic review

Hussain Alhejji*, Thomas Garavan, Ronan Carbery, Fergal O'Brien, David McGuire

*Corresponding author for this work

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    The purpose of this paper is to analyze current scholarship on diversity training outcomes utilizing a systematic literature review (SLR) and provide insights for future research. The article advances our understanding of diversity training outcomes through the integration of three perspectives: the business case, learning and social justice perspectives. The SLR revealed: (a) a literature that is fragmented and diverse in terms of publication outlets; (b) researchers conduct diversity training outcomes research in a diverse range or organizations, sectors, cultural and training contexts; (c) studies primarily reflect the business case or learning perspectives and (d) existing studies have significant methodological limitations. We argue the need for future research to adopt multiple perspectives ensure better cross fertilization of perspectives and make use of more sophisticated methodologies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-149
    Number of pages55
    JournalHuman Resource Development Quarterly
    Issue number1
    Early online date21 Sep 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


    • Diversity training in organizations
    • theory
    • methodology;business
    • social justice
    • learning perspectives

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