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

David Dickson, Owen Hargie, Noel Wilson

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)128-160
    JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Organization
    • Workplace Diversity
    • Conflict
    • Intergroup Relations
    • Internal Communication

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