The organisational gender diversity-performance link : does industry type matter?

Ali, Muhammad, Metz, Isabel, & Kulik, Carol (2008) The organisational gender diversity-performance link : does industry type matter? In Proceedings of the 22nd ANZAM Conference (2008), Auckland, New Zealand.

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Research on workforce diversity gained momentum in the 1990s. However, empirical findings to date on the link between gender diversity and performance have been inconsistent. Based on contrasting theories, this paper proposes a positive linear and a negative linear prediction of the gender diversity-performance relationship. The paper also proposes that industry type (services vs. manufacturing) moderates the gender diversity-performance relationship such that the relationship will be positive in service organisations and negative in manufacturing organisations. The results show partial support for the positive linear gender diversity-performance relationship and for the moderating effect of industry type. The study contributes to the field of diversity by showing that workforce gender diversity can have a different impact on organisational performance in different industries.

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ID Code: 40900
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Gender diversity , Organisational performance, Competing predictions, Services industry, Manufacturing industry
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2011 06:39
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:42

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