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Human Resource Management and Evolutionary Psychology

Exploring the Biological Foundations of Managing People at Work

Andrew R. Timming

Answering pressing questions regarding employee selection and mobbing culture in the workplace, Andrew R. Timming explores the unique intersection of the biological sciences and human resource management.
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Chapter 6: Unconscious bias and the future of HRM decision-making

Andrew R. Timming


This chapter examines the role of unconscious bias, a.k.a. sub-conscious and implicit bias, in human resource management decision-making. It is argued that our unconscious biases stem in large part from instincts and impulses formed in the ancestral environment and shaped by natural selection. The chapter proposes further investigations beyond those looked at explicitly in this book, including discrimination on the basis of height, weight, accent and pitch, as well as mutable characteristics. Further research in the area of “evolutionary HRM” is identified at the intersection of biology and human resource management.

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