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Exploring ethnicity in organizations

Briner, Rob B. and Kenny, Etlyn J. (2010) Exploring ethnicity in organizations. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal 29 (4), pp. 348-363. ISSN 2040-7149.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02610151011042402

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how ethnicity remains relevant to the workplace experience of minority ethnic graduate employees in contemporary British organizations. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative interviews were conducted with 30 British Black Caribbean graduate employees drawn from a range of public and private-sector organizations to examine the ways in which they felt their ethnicity impacted on how they experienced their places of work. Template analysis was used to analyse the data. Findings – The paper finds that racial discrimination, social class and ethnic identity were key elements of the way in which ethnicity was experienced by these minority ethnic graduate employees. The paper discusses the differing ways racial discrimination is experienced and conceptualized in contemporary British organizations; and highlights the ways in which social class may play a role in how a group of (largely) working class minority ethnic graduates progress their careers in (largely) middle class organizational environments. Presented for the first time is a theory on the key facets of the ways ethnic identity might be experienced at work. Research limitations/implications – Further research would be required to see if the findings are replicated with graduates from other minority ethnic groups. Practical implications – The paper provides insights into ways in which majority and minority ethnic employees may experience organizations differently. Originality/value – This paper provides some new insights into the role of ethnicity at work. It also attempts to address some of the issues with organizational psychological research on ethnicity at work identified by Kenny and Briner.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Black people, racial discrimination, social class, United Kingdom, work identity
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2011 12:31
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2016

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