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Diversity climate on turnover intentions: a sequential mediating effect of personal diversity value and affective commitment

Joonghak Lee (Department of International Business and Strategy, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Reading, UK)
Steven Kim (Mathematics and Statistics Department, California State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, California, USA)
Youngsang Kim (Department of Management, SKK Business School, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 20 August 2020

Issue publication date: 29 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Research on diversity climate has shown that diversity climate as an employee's perception of an organization's diversity-related practices or procedures has a positive impact on reducing turnover intentions. However, we know little about which intervening mechanism explains the relationship between diversity climate and employee's turnover intentions. In this study, we suggest that individual employee's perceived diversity climate influences turnover intentions through personal diversity value and affective commitment.

Design/methodology/approach

With a sample of 901 employees in more than 50 companies affiliated in South Korea, the authors test the hypothesized relationship, using structural equation modeling (SEM).

Findings

Our findings show that personal diversity value and affective commitment sequentially mediate the relationship between perceived diversity climate and turnover intentions.

Research limitations/implications

This study can enhance the understanding about the mediating mechanism linking the relationship between perceived diversity climate and turnover intentions and how personal diversity value and affective commitment link the relationship.

Originality/value

The authors theorize and find that perceived diversity climate can influence personal diversity value that results in employee commitment and turnover intentions.

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Citation

Lee, J., Kim, S. and Kim, Y. (2021), "Diversity climate on turnover intentions: a sequential mediating effect of personal diversity value and affective commitment", Personnel Review, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 1397-1408. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-11-2019-0636

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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