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Title: Intercultural workplace relationships in the hospitality industry: Beyond the tip of the iceberg
Authors: Vassou, Chrystalla 
Zopiatis, Anastasios 
Theocharous, Antonis L. 
Keywords: Structural equation modeling
Hospitality industry
Migrant labor
Local employees
Contact hypothesis
Issue Date: 14-Nov-2016
Publisher: ScienceDirect
Source: International Journal of Hospitality Management, Volume 61, February 2017, Pages 14–25
Abstract: The impact of intercultural workplace relationships on local employees has been scarcely investigated in hospitality. This paper adopts the contact hypothesis perspective in order to explore the ways in which intercultural encounters between foreign and local hospitality employees influence the latter, in sociocultural and organizational terms. A conceptual model is developed, tested within the Cypriot hospitality industry, and analyzed using structural equation modeling. Findings support the contact hypothesis, in that prior attitudes towards the ethnically different “other” influence the development of intercultural workplace relationships, which in turn influence local employees’ wider attitudes towards foreigners. Furthermore, the importance of fair treatment and respect at work are stressed, as they mediate the relationship between intercultural workplace relationships and affective commitment. Implications for hospitality organizations are derived and suggestions are provided.
ISSN: 0278-4319
Rights: Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors. ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V.
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