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Globalization and its melting pot of different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures is attracting research that is gathering in substance and theory. A dynamic new field that represents a significant focus within management and organisation studies is emerging.
This Handbook showcases the scope of international perspectives that exist on workplace diversity and is the first to define this hotly contested field.
Part I of the Handbook dissects the theoretical reasons and shows how the study of workplace diversity follows different directions. Part II critiques quantitative and qualitative research methods within the field, while Part III investigates the parallels and distinctions between different workplace groups. Key issues are drawn together in an insightful introduction from the editors, and future directions for research are proposed in the conclusion.
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Chapter 2: Psychological Perspectives on Workplace Diversity
Psychological Perspectives on Workplace Diversity
The title of this chapter links two problematic terms: ‘psychological perspectives’ and ‘workplace diversity’. These terms act as succinct, compact labels for two large, sprawling and essentially unruly literatures. On the one hand (‘psychological perspectives’) we have the psychological literature that focuses on the cognitive processes that underlie perceptions and judgments about people. On the other hand (‘workplace diversity’) we have the organizational literature that focuses on the range of applicant and employee attributes that contributes to organizational diversity. Our chapter is positioned at the intersection of these two literatures, and it has three distinct goals.
First, we introduce the reader to the fundamentals of social cognition. ‘Social cognition’ is a broad umbrella term encompassing a range of ...