Diversity training programme outcomes: a systematic review

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

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    This article analyzes the 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


    • Business
    • Diversity training in organizations
    • Learning perspectives
    • Methodology
    • Social justice
    • Theory


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