Training and development functions differ due to the impact of their educational institutions. In the United States, training supports individual skill building and competency enhancement, enabling Americans to take control of their work environment and their future. Diversity training focuses mainly on issues related to the internal and external dimensions of diversity, that is, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and enhanced communication. Such programs build the competency of an employee base and are primarily seen as enhancing motivation—and competency for individual employees.

Global training and global diversity expand on this foundation. In the developing economies of China, Southeast Asia, and ...

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