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A Diverse Employee in a Changing Workplace

Mamman, Aminu (1996). A Diverse Employee in a Changing Workplace. Organization Studies,17(3):449-477.

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Title A Diverse Employee in a Changing Workplace
Author Mamman, Aminu
Journal Name Organization Studies
Publication Date 1996
Volume Number 17
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0170-8406   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0039338175
Start Page 449
End Page 477
Total Pages 29
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Field of Research 350200 Business and Management
Abstract This paper attempts to identify some of the key variables that can impinge on employee interaction adjustment in a diverse workforce. For the sake of convenience, these variables are categorized as primary, secondary and mediat ing variables. Primary variables are the major characteristics of an employee that distinguish him/her from other members of the organization. They pertain to characteristics which cannot be easily changed or manipulated (e.g. disabil ity, culture, race, gender). Secondary variables encompass other aspects of an employee's background that can also help in defining his/her 'identity' in the eyes of the members of the organization (e.g. intonation) and his/her psycholo gical disposition (e.g. cognition, personality). The effect of primary and sec ondary variables on a diverse employee's interaction adjustment is mediated by situational factors (e.g. the intensity and frequency of the dominant group's attitudes), interaction strategies and organizational factors (e.g. policy on diversity).
Keywords Managing diversity
Multicultural workplace
Workforce diversity
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