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Challenging implicit bias across organisations

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A recent study examined two of the hardest issues to manage in an organisation – a change programme, and changing bias.

What is implicit bias?

Unlike explicit bias (which reflects the attitudes or beliefs that one endorses at a conscious level), implicit bias is the bias in judgment and/or behaviour that results from subtle cognitive processes (e.g. implicit attitudes and implicit stereotypes) that often operate at a level below conscious awareness. We see this in cases of racism where the individual wouldn’t consider they were being racist or biased for example.

Implicit biases are stereotypes that form from life experiences and are activated automatically without individual awareness.

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