The impact of diversity training on employee attitudes and behaviour with regard to diversity in work organisations : an analysis of a diversity-training programme in a Namibian work organisation

Amuenje, Forentia (2003) The impact of diversity training on employee attitudes and behaviour with regard to diversity in work organisations : an analysis of a diversity-training programme in a Namibian work organisation. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Diversity training programmes are formal efforts to prepare the workforce to work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and to improve organisational effectiveness. Although many studies have described diversity training programmes in the workplace, only a few have been evaluated to assess their effectiveness and impact on job outcomes. This thesis describes a study that assessed the impact of a diversity management-training programme on employee attitudes and behaviour towards diversity in a manufacturing company in Namibia. Kirkpatrick’s (1959) four-level model, which examines the trainees’ reactions to the training, the learning acquired, the behaviour change and improvement in organisational results, was used to measure the impact of the training programme. Data was collected through pre-and post-assessment semi-structured individual interviews and a focus group was conducted two months after the training. Data analysis indicates that the first two levels of the evaluation model showed an impact. The participants had positive reactions towards the course and said that they had learnt from the course. The data also showed that the training did not have any impact on the behaviour of the participants and on organisational outcomes. The research also revealed that lack of improved productivity and organisational results might have been influenced by unrealistic expectations, past political conditions, job insecurity and unemployment and the training context. Some recommendations for both the diversity training programme administrators as well as the management of the company are made.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Employess, Diversity, Namibia, Training
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Personnel management. Employment management
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:2352
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:13 Jan 2012 12:19
Last Modified:13 Jan 2012 12:19
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