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Optimal distinctiveness and inclusive hiring

Avest, J.W. ter (2018) Optimal distinctiveness and inclusive hiring.

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Abstract:This study examines the concept of optimal distinctiveness in an inclusive hiring context. Since inclusive hiring, in the Netherlands, is subject to considerate institutional pressures, and diverse hiring has been shown to have potential for strategic advantage, this context lends itself well to this research. Empirical data was collected through semi-structured interviews. The results of these interviews suggest that organizations indeed experience institutional pressures regarding the hiring of people with a disability. Also, the findings suggest that having a group of employees that includes people with a disability does have the potential to be a source of competitive advantage. However, more important than employing people with a disability is that the organization has the knowledge, skills and willingness to work with people with a disability. Only then, an organization is able to unlock the full strategic potential of such employees.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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