This article describes a cost‐benefit analysis study which resulted in unfavorable financial outcomes and discusses how this result became a learning opportunity for human performance development (HRD) professionals in the organization. Demonstrating the contributions of human performance development/performance improvement (HRD/PI) programs through cost‐benefit analysis is a continuing need in organizations. However, most cost‐benefit analysis case studies have reported favorable financial results. While these results may help raise the perceived status of the field, in fact, reporting unfavorable results may provide a richer professional learning opportunity than otherwise might be available.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Performance Improvement Quarterly|
|State||Published - Jun 1998|