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School of Business and Management

Seeking Person-Organisation Culture Fit in the Workplace: Unintended Inequalities for Skilled Immigrants

28 September 2016

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: 4.04/4.08 Bancroft Building


Using 19 in-depth interviews with decision-makers in Information Technology organisations in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, the seminar presents how the person-organisation culture fit of potential candidates is evaluated through a candidate’s attire and religious affiliation during the recruitment decision-making process. The findings show that person-organisation culture fit is closely aligned to the recruiting decision-makers’ perception of which candidates are more likely to be ‘trusted’ to fit within the work environments, leading to inequitable recruitment outcomes for skilled immigrant candidates.  

The changing demographics of the global workforce and the highly sensitive security threat level make employers concerned about the cultural fit and trustworthiness of candidates originating from particular ethnic backgrounds. This is especially a concern when such groups are misconstrued as a threat to the survival of the core social thread of a society. The ways organisations contribute to, or mitigate, social inequality will be of particular concern for policymakers and professional bodies. This seminar draws attention to the potential role of employers in creating and reproducing self-serving practices of inequality.

Guest Speakers

Dr Shamika AlmeidaAssociate Professor Mario Fernando from University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

The seminar will be hosted by Professor Steve Fox, School of Business and Management, QMUL.


If you would like to attend the seminar, please email Alicia George:

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