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Diversity Training: Analysis of the Impact of Self Efficacy

Although the importance of diversity in organizations is widely recognized, diversity training is under attack. Drawing from self-efficacy theory and research, we developed a questionnaire to measure one's efficacy of successfully coping with widely recognized diversity initiatives. Then we conducted a study examining the effect of self-efficacy-based diversity training on the level of participant's measured diversity self-efficacy (DSE) and the possible mediation of this DSE on intentions to pursue positive diversity-related initiatives. The field experimental design showed that training incorporating efficacy components significantly increased trainees' (N = 276) measured DSE. Diversity training was also shown to be positively related to the trainees' stated levels of difficulty and magnitude in coping with diversity initiatives. Finally, the DSE was found to mediate training and intentions. Importantly, one-year follow-up data supported the impact of the intentions. The practical implications of these findings for HRD in general and diversity training in particular conclude this article.

Publication Information
Article Title: Diversity Training: Analysis of the Impact of Self Efficacy
Journal: Human Resource Development Quarterly (2007)
18(1), 91-120
Author(s): Combs, Gwendolyn M;  Luthans, Fred
Researcher Information
    
Combs, Gwendolyn M
Combs, Gwendolyn M
Associate Professor of Management
Expertise:
  • Organizational Diversity and Inclusion
  • Human Resource Management
  • Cross-Cultural Issues
Management
CoB 325 D
P.O. Box 880491
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491, USA
Phone: (402) 472-6061
gcombs2@unl.edu
Luthans, Fred
Luthans, Fred
Emeritus
Expertise:
  • Positive Leadership
  • Psychological Capital
  • Organizational Behavior
Management
CoB 325 AA
P.O. Box 880491
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2324
fluthans1@unl.edu