Workforce Diversity and Discrimination Issue Facing Employees: Evidence from S&P 1500 Firms

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Li, J. and Gao, J. (2023). Workforce Diversity and Discrimination Issue Facing Employees: Evidence from S&P 1500 Firms. The 83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM). Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America Aug - Sep 2023 Academy of Management. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMPROC.2023.18407abstract
AuthorsLi, J. and Gao, J.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

In this study, we focus on a seemingly paradoxical phenomenon: while more firms are increasingly committed to diversity initiatives, the discrimination issues in business have ironically increased. Using a sample of S&P 1500 firms from 2009 to 2021, we found that a firm’s workforce diversity commitment increased the incidents of discrimination issues facing employees. We aim to provide insights on why a firm’s workforce diversity might fail to achieve its intended goals, or even worsen the underlying issues. We argue that firms might fail to walk the talk in implementing their diversity initiatives commitments. Employee silence could prevent firms from noticing the discrimination issues or receiving the feedbacks about the diversity initiatives. Also, workforce diversity might lead to unfavourable stereotypes against the targeted employees. We also examined the conditions under which a firm’s diversity initiatives tend to be more or less effective in addressing the issues of discrimination in employment.

KeywordsDiscrimination in employment; Workforce diversity commitment; Social management controversies; Globalization; Board cultural diversity; Employee training and career development
Year2023
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Journal citation2023 (1)
ISSN2151-6561
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5465/AMPROC.2023.18407abstract
Web address (URL)https://journals.aom.org/doi/abs/10.5465/AMPROC.2023.18407abstract
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