The Impact of Demographic Composition of Social Networks on Perceived Inclusion in the Workplace

Heyjie Jung, Eric W. Welch

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Abstract

Inclusion in the workplace is defined as the extent to which individuals perceive that they are part of significant processes in organizations. This article explores the determinants of workplace inclusion by asking: How does the demographic composition of social networks inside and outside of the workplace affect perceived inclusion in the workplace? We apply literature on social identity theory and social network theory to develop and test hypotheses on professional sub-network demographic composition using the linear regression analysis on data from the 2011 National Science Foundation–funded national survey of academic faculty on work environment and careers in US universities. Among other results, we find that perceived inclusion is explained by the interactions between race, gender, and demographic composition of professional networks. Findings provide new insights for the management of diversity in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-536
Number of pages15
JournalPublic administration review
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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