Evaluating the Effect of Workplace Diversity on Job Structure Preferences
This study investigates the impact of firm diversity on job seekers’ preferences for individualistic- versus collaborative- based team structures. Using a within-subjects survey design, we examine whether participants’ ratings of organizational attractiveness change when variables such as diversity level, salary, and work style of the job/firm are altered. The study enrolled 139 undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania who rated five hypothetical job postings within the Consulting, Investment Banking, or Software Development industries. In addition to measuring participant preferences for job roles, we also assessed their beliefs regarding the likelihood of being hired if they applied. The results suggest that there is no significant relationship between firm diversity and job structure preferences.