Workforce diversity and organisational performance

C.W. Von Bergen (John Massey Professor of Management, John Massey School of Business, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, P.O. Box 4103, Durant, OK 74701‐0609)
Barlow Soper (Louisiana Tech University, P.O. Box 10048 TS, Ruston, LA 71272)
John A. Parnell (William Henry Belk Distinguished Professor of Management, School of Business, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Publication date: 1 April 2005


Many managers and scholars agree that diversity is a positive factor that leads to competitive economic advantage for organisations. However, this assertion remains largely untested. To examine the implied relationship between firm performance and diversity, performance at minority‐friendly organisations was compared to that at other organisations within the same industry. Results indicated that minority friendly firms significantly outperformed the market, indicating that diversity in organisations may be related to economic success. This finding has significant strategic implications.



Von Bergen, C.W., Soper, B. and Parnell, J.A. (2005), "Workforce diversity and organisational performance", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 24 No. 3/4, pp. 1-16.

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