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Communication, relationships, and religious difference in the Northern Ireland workplace: A study of private and public sector organizations

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Dickson, David, Hargie, Owen and Wilson, Noel (2008) Communication, relationships, and religious difference in the Northern Ireland workplace: A study of private and public sector organizations. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 36 (2). pp. 128-160. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00909880801922847

DOI: 10.1080/00909880801922847

Abstract

Four large organizations, two each from the private and public sectors of the NorthernIreland economy, were selected for this study which, first, explored the effects of religion-based workforce difference on intergroup relationships, second, investigated thecontribution of organizational sector to communicative differences, and third, gaugedthe effects of group-based negativity on the flow and distribution of functionalinformation within the organization. Little evidence of intergroup conflict was foundalthough employees expressed a desire for greater quantity and quality of outgroupcontact. Significant differences between the private and public bodies emerged in thisrespect. Contrasts were consistent with general organizational differences typifying thesectors. Findings are discussed in relation to diversity management and the characteristicsof organizational sectors.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Organization; Workplace Diversity; Conflict; Intergroup Relations; Internal Communication
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict & Equality
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
ID Code:4146
Deposited By:Professor Owen Hargie
Deposited On:04 Jan 2010 13:13
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 10:56

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