The Problem of Minority Performance in Organisations

Tackey N D, Tamkin P, Sheppard E | Report 375 | Institute for Employment Studies | May 2001

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There is increasing evidence from the literature on research into race in organisations which suggests that although employers have made considerable strides to improve the representation of minority ethnic employees, they have been less successful in ensuring that their procedures and practices do not contribute to discrimination in the workplace.

This research brief concentrates on one of the key determinants of progression within organisations: the performance management process. It explores the literature on the relationship between ethnicity and performance in order to understand the issues that may contribute to the frequently observed under-performance of minority ethnic employees.