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Antal anställda på arbetsplatsen och attityder till invandrare: Sambandet mellan attityder till invandrare, arbetsplatsstorlek och individuella faktorer
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Previous research shows that small workplaces more often discriminate immigrants during the process of hiring new employees than larger workplaces, and usually explains this result by referring to structural factors. At the same time, previous research also shows that self-employees tend to have different personality traits than other people. Could it be the case that the higher discrimination among small workplaces can be explained at an individual level? I examined the hypothesis through OLS-regressions using a survey called Employment, Material Resources, and Political Preferences. The results showed that people working at small workplaces tend to have more negative attitudes towards immigrants than people working at larger workplaces. In addition, by using a Big-Five model combined with background factors at an individual level, I found that people employed by small organizations tend to have other personality traits than those employed by larger organizations. But the Big-Five model cannot explain why small workplaces are more inclined to discriminate immigrants. In contrast, background factors such as education and gender have strong correlative effects on why people employed by small organizations have more negative attitudes towards immigrants. That is, small workplaces are more likely to employ men and people with relatively low education compared to larger workplaces, which is interesting in this context because men are on average found to be more negative towards immigrants than women, and lower educated people are more negative than those with higher education.

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2014. , 34 p.
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Small workplaces, number of employees, xenophobia, Big - Five, individual background factors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96247OAI: diva2:763136
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Master's Programme in Leadership and Organisation
Available from: 2014-11-13 Created: 2014-11-13 Last updated: 2014-11-13Bibliographically approved

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