An Evaluation of the Factor Structure and Reliability of the Diversity Perceptions Scale (DPS) in an Australian Public Sector Context

By Zhanna Soldan.

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The current study empirically investigated the factor structure and reliability of the Diversity Perceptions Scale (DPS) in an Australian public sector context. A total of 391 employees completed the questionnaire. Factor structure was determined using principal components analysis with Varimax rotation and internal consistency was estimated by calculating α reliability coefficients. Factor analytic procedures revealed that DPS is a multidimensional scale measuring four distinct facets (personal value of diversity, personal comfort with diversity, organizational fairness, and organizational inclusion) of one construct, perceived diversity climate, suggesting that the emerged factors are consistent with the a priori factor structure. Reliability analysis, however, revealed that, with the exception of organizational fairness factor, the scale lacks adequate internal consistency. Potential users of the scale are advised to interpret research outcomes in the light of the deficiencies noted. Further research should look for the possibilities to refine the construct to ensure an adequate coverage, particularly in the Australian context.

Keywords: Diversity Climate, Perceptions, Diversity Value, Comfort with Diversity, Inclusion, Fairness, Organizational

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.195-204. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 650.312KB).

Dr. Zhanna Soldan

Sessional Academic & PhD Candidate, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Zhanna Soldan is currently completing her PhD studies on diversity management at Curtin University of Technology. In 2004, she received her Master of Commerce (Management) degree with distinction from Curtin University of Technology and a BE from Kazakh State University of World Languages. She joined Curtin Business School as a sessional academic in January 2003. Her research interests focus on diversity management, strategic management, group dynamics, and cross-cultural leadership.

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