How to improve firm performance through employee diversity and organisational culture

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Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado

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Purpose – Our study examines the influence that employee diversity has on human resource management (HRM) practices and organisational performance, considering the moderating role of organisational culture, in particular, cultural dimensions such as individualism–collectivism and hierarchical distance. Design/methodology/approach – Through an empirical investigation of 102 Spanish firms using partial least squares-structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM), we evaluated our hypotheses. Findings – Our results show a positive correlation between employee diversity and HRM practices where such practices encourage employee commitment rather than control. Thus, we identified a non-linear relationship between HRM practices and organisational performance.Originality/value – The study considers the role played by environmental and contextual factors, such as organisational culture. The configuring of HR practices may help to reduce the possible costs derived from a diverse staff and improve their skills in favour of better organisational performance.
Employee diversity, HRM practices, Individualism-collectivism, Hierarchical distance, Organisational performance, Diversidad de empleados, Prácticas de gestión de recursos humanos, Individualismo-colectivismo, Distancia jerárquica, Desempeño organizacional
Triguero-Sánchez, R., Peña-Vinces, J., & Guillen, J. (2018). How to improve firm performance through employee diversity and organisational culture. Revista Brasileira de Gestão de Negócios, 20(3), 378–400.