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Mapping Brazilian workforce diversity: a historical analysis

Anselmo Ferreira Vasconcelos (Independent Researcher, São Paulo, Brazil)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 17 October 2016




The purpose of this paper is to examine how Brazilian organizations have handled diversity.


This study draws upon the historical analysis by focusing essentially on secondary sources of data, surface-level indicators, namely, race, gender and age. Accordingly, the major sources of information used in this study are the rankings of the Great Place to Work® Institute Brazil (between 2005 and 2013) and from the Brazilian Ministry of Labor and Employment’s reports (between 2009 and 2013).


The evidence gathered from the Great Place to Work® Institute Brazil’s lists and the Brazilian Ministry of Labor and Employment’s reports produced mixed results regarding the moral imperative derived from the acculturation of a broad diversity mindset.

Research limitations/implications

This study is not free from limitations. Both sources used in this inquiry do not depict other relevant data that could provide more accurate results.

Practical implications

Overall, the findings of this study suggest that training programs and sound work values revision are necessary steps to reduce discrimination, stereotypes, gender bias and to promote diversity and inclusion inside Brazilian organizations.


It contributes to the understanding of the current diversity scenario in Brazilian organizations by drawing on a historical analysis method. It relied on two germane secondary sources of data.



The author is very grateful to the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions on an earlier version of this article.


Vasconcelos, A.F. (2016), "Mapping Brazilian workforce diversity: a historical analysis", Management Research Review, Vol. 39 No. 10, pp. 1352-1372.



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