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Published on Apr 30, 2012

Organizations commonly, and often effectively, use affirmative action policies to promote a diverse workplace. And those who do tend to have more women and more minorities represented in their management positions. However, affirmative action plans can also have an unintended, negative effect on their non-beneficiaries.

In "But Affirmative Action Hurts Us! Race-related Beliefs Shape Perceptions of White Disadvantages and Policy Unfairness," Assistant Professor Lisa Leslie of the Carlson School of Management Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies and colleagues explored why whites and men often have negative reactions to these policies and what organizations could do to mitigate such reactions.

For more information on the Carlson School and its research, visit http://www.carlsonschool.umn.edu.

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