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Alexis N. Smith, Arthur P. Brief & Adrienne Colella

In: The SAGE Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination

Chapter 27: Bias in Organizations

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Bias in Organizations
Bias in organizations
Abstract

This chapter examines bias in an organizational context. The workplace, it is argued, is a strong situation that enables subtle prejudice and stereotypes to manifest unfair discrimination and systematized bias. We focus on the experiences of African-Americans to examine the social and psychological processes that occur to influence relationships, work behaviors, and career advancement of under-represented and stigmatized individuals at work. In addition, several organizational tales are presented to illustrate how organizations, as strong situations, can have a hand in intensifying or reducing unfair discrimination and inequality. We close the chapter with a discussion of how theory and research on bias can be improved by building bridges between social psychological and organizational perspectives. It is argued that we would do ...

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