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dc.contributor.authorNoon, Mike
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Geraldine
dc.contributor.authorForson, Cynthia
dc.contributor.authorOikelome, Franklin
dc.identifier.citationNoon , M , Healy , G , Forson , C & Oikelome , F 2013 , ' The Equality Effects of the 'Hyper-formalization' of Selection ' , British Journal of Management , vol. 24 , no. 3 , pp. 333-46 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 781000
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84881315010
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores how formalization of employee selection procedures for the purpose of ensuring equality of opportunity can become so extensive that the intended outcome of fairness is undermined. Drawing on empirical evidence from a large media organization, the analysis reveals the detrimental impact of formalization in relation to the recruitment of ethnic minority staff. While the existing literature describes how, during recruitment of employees, the circumvention of formal equality procedures can occur through managerial neglect and manipulation, the analysis in this paper shows that, paradoxically, circumvention can also occur through compliance with procedures. This new category takes three forms (robotic, defensive and malicious) and appears under conditions of excessive formalization – the term hyper-formalization is coined to describe this. The paper develops new concepts that add to understanding of the limitations of equality and diversity procedures, and brings fresh challenges to some of the liberal assumptions about the efficacy and desirability of formalization for achieving fairness.en
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal of Management
dc.titleThe Equality Effects of the 'Hyper-formalization' of Selectionen
dc.contributor.institutionWork and Employment Research Unit
dc.contributor.institutionHertfordshire Business School
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research on Management, Economy and Society
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Management, Leadership and Organisation
dc.contributor.institutionHealthcare Management and Policy Research Unit
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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