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The uneasy alliance of organisational culture and equal opportunities for ethnic minority groups: a British example

Ogbonna, Emmanuel ORCID: 2019. The uneasy alliance of organisational culture and equal opportunities for ethnic minority groups: a British example. Human Resource Management Journal 29 (3) , pp. 309-327. 10.1111/1748-8583.12227

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Recent statistics suggest that there is a continuing disparity in labour market outcomes between ethnic minority (EM) groups and their White counterparts. However, although there is now an abundance of statistical and anecdotal evidence that speaks to the disadvantage of EM groups, there is less understanding of the intraorganisational dynamics that give rise to the outcomes that are reported. Drawing on postcolonial, cultural capital, and social capital theories, this article argues that the dominant approach through which organisational culture is conceptualised and the ways in which it is commonly managed may encourage labour market inequality and disadvantage for EM groups (defined as access to employment and having opportunities for promotion while in employment). The article explores three intraorganisational interventions that are common in culture management initiatives (leadership, selective recruitment, and internal promotion) to illustrate the arguments. The article concludes by discussing a series of implications and highlighting the pivotal role of the HR academy and practitioners in generating deeper insights and attention into the potential sources of EM disadvantage that are linked to culture and culture management.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0954-5395
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 November 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 15:30

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