A Review of Technology Research in HRD From a Design-Based Research Perspective

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This review article is to examine the technology-related literature published in major human resource development (HRD) journals from a design-based research perspective. Despite the important role of technology in HRD activities for promoting organizational learning and performance, our understanding of the potential impact of our technology research efforts in the workplace remains limited. To address this deficiency, the authors reviewed technology research studies from five journals using two conceptual frameworks: (a) goal categories of technology research and (b) research phases and activities using a design-based research perspective, to better understand how technology research processes have been localized in organizations. Findings indicate that the major trend of technology research is in describing and conceptualizing what is happening. When using a design-based research framework, a substantial number of articles focused on analysis and reflection aspects of research activities. Implications for the technology research landscape in HRD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-276
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Resource Development Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • design research
  • design-based research
  • technology
  • technology research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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