A disconnect between training evaluation theory and the practical realities of South African businesses

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title A disconnect between training evaluation theory and the practical realities of South African businesses
Creator Duffy, Carren G.
Subject training and development; human resource management; training; training evaluation; corporate training and development; South Africa; skills legislation.
Description Orientation: This article emphasises the need to rethink training evaluation due to its lack of practice in South Africa.Research purpose: This research aimed to investigate the extent to which South African corporates engage in training evaluation.Motivation for the study: While theorists and training evaluation experts argue the importance of evaluating training, globally, training evaluation is primarily limited to collecting reaction-level data. Training evaluation is a staple in most training and human resource development textbooks and forms part of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in the Human Resources Management domain, yet, little is published about training evaluation in South Africa and its practical relevance in modern-day corporate environments.Research approach/design and method: An explanatory sequential (mixed-methods) research design was utilised.Main findings: While there is a high commitment to training among South African corporates, it is not accompanied by a commitment to training evaluation. Training evaluation is not considered a priority business practice, especially in highly demanding and complex corporate environments. Additionally, with South Africa’s unique legislative frameworks, the motivation for providing training is sometimes distorted, causing a reluctance to determine training effectiveness.Practical/managerial implications: The findings suggest that a substantial shift in how training evaluation is theoretically conceptualised and practically applied is necessary for South Africa.Contribution/value add: The research indicates a need to explore creative and nuanced ways, perhaps utiliing established human resource analytics and metrics to assess the merit and worth of training.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2024-02-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Mixed-method sequential design
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v22i0.2449
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 22 (2024); 10 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
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