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Managing diversity: Impact of religion in the Indian workplace

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Religious diversity in India stems from centuries of foreign traders and invaders ranging from the Mongols to the Mughals, French and British who came with their faiths. Religious diversity has created much political conflict and bloodshed in society at large (e.g. the recent blasts in Mumbai), but many differences have been reconciled in the workplace over time. MNCs seeking to engage in the Indian economy are attracted by the intellectual capital of this diverse nation. I examine the presence of religion in the Indian workplace through cultural values, beliefs and management practices and their impact on IHRM practices in managing diversity.

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  • Rao, Asha, 2012. "Managing diversity: Impact of religion in the Indian workplace," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 232-239.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:47:y:2012:i:2:p:232-239
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2011.04.010
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    1. Mette Zølner, 2014. "Voices on HRM Practices: Employee Interpretations at the Subsidiary of a Danish MNC in Bangalore," International Journal of Business and Social Research, MIR Center for Socio-Economic Research, vol. 4(11), pages 43-59, November.

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    India; Religion; Culture; Diversity; HRM;

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