The role of trainer characteristics in intern sexual harassment training effectiveness

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Conference Proceeding

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Sexual harassment has received considerable attention over the last several years and poses serious problems for both employees and employers. Research aimed to prevent it has largely focused on sexual harassment training. However, design choices in computer-based training remains under-researched. We highlight three training design factors, (1) media richness, (2) the trainer's biological sex, and (3) the trainer's area of expertise, that influence training outcomes, mediated by perceived trainer integrity. Our findings show that in text-based training, depicting trainers with gender-incongruent expertise results in decreased training effectiveness, mediated by perceived trainer integrity. This effect is neutralized in video-based training.

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80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020