Department of Management


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Published in Journal of World Business 40:2 (May 2005), pp. 158–171; doi: 10.1016/j.jwb.2005.02.002 Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Inc. Used by permission.


This study seeks to inform multinational corporations as they integrate domestic and international affirmative action policies and strategies. Improvement of these abilities can have important implications for human resource management and organizational productivity outcomes. To increase our understanding of the international perspectives of affirmative action, we examine employee perceptions of the structure of affirmative action plans in the United States and India. The differences in affirmative action plans implemented in these countries as well as country cultural differences offer interesting backdrops for examining cross-country differences in employee perceptions of affirmative action.