Conducting and Writing a Structured Literature Review in Human Resource Development

Tonette S. Rocco, Maria S. Plakhotnik, Craig M. McGill, Debaro Huyler, Joshua C. Collins

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This article describes how to develop, conduct, and write a structured literature review (SLR) and cites examples of published SLR to illustrate different perspectives on the process and contributions to the literature. We first discuss how the SLR differs from other types of reviews (i.e., integrative literature review, meta-analysis, and scoping review). Second, the process of writing an SLR is discussed across common manuscript components: (1) the research problem, (2) conceptual or theoretical framework, (3) method, (4) findings and discussion, and (5) implications. Finally, we offer implications for how the SLR can be effectively leveraged in human resource development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-125
Number of pages22
JournalHuman Resource Development Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2023

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  • integrative literature review
  • literature review
  • meta-analysis
  • scoping review
  • structure literature review


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