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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
Print version ISSN 0258-5200


MCCALLAGHAN, Sean  and  HEYNS, Marita M.. The validation of a diversity climate measurement instrument for the South African environment. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2071-0763.

ORIENTATION: South Africa had a distinctive diversity environment with unique diversity-related challenges. Researchers and practitioners required a validated diversity climate instrument that can be used to examine diversity management observations in a South African settingRESEARCH PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to address a research opportunity to source, test and validate a diversity climate instrument for the South African environmentMOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: Studies examining the conceptualisation, validation and measurement invariance of a diversity climate instrument for the South African environment do not yet exist.RESEARCH APPROACH/DESIGN AND METHOD: A quantitative approach with cross-sectional design was utilised. A total of 323 respondents from a convenience sample formed part of this study. Statistical analysis included reliability, validity and measurement invariance computations.MAIN FINDINGS: An applicable one-dimensional diversity climate assessment instrument was identified from literature. This study found evidence indicating that the instrument was reliable and valid across white and African population groupsPRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: The assessment of diversity climate will be an accurate indication on how well an organisation is managing diversity. A validated measuring instrument will be a valuable managerial tool for any South African organisation, which can assist with future decision making.CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: This study was able to source and validate a diversity climate measuring instrument for a unique diversity setting, such as South Africa.

Keywords : diversity climate; diversity management; validation; measurement invariance; South Africa.

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