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Organizational Culture and Similarity Among Team Members’ Salience of Multiple Diversity Characteristics


Randall, AE and Earley, PC, Organizational Culture and Similarity Among Team Members' Salience of Multiple Diversity Characteristics, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, (4) pp. 804-833. ISSN 0021-9029 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00461.x


Research often has focused on the presence of individuals’ demographic differences, rather than the perception of such differences. We examined how organizational culture relates to similarity among individuals’ salience of their team members’ diversity characteristics. Moreover, we introduced a new approach to studying multiple diversity characteristics simultaneously. Team members who perceive their organizational culture as emphasizing respect for people were found to be unlikely to hold convergent views of their team members’ demographics. Also, high-performing team members were found to view the salience of demographic characteristics similarly to other team members. Our findings suggest that an organizational culture emphasizing respect for people may be associated with unexpected barriers among team members that pose a threat to effective team functioning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Work and labour market not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Earley, PC (Professor Chris Earley)
ID Code:101806
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Faculty of Business
Deposited On:2015-07-09
Last Modified:2015-08-25

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