Multicultural organizations: Does a positive diversity climate promote performance?

  • Lauring J
  • Selmer J
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Abstract

In recent years the attention towards demographic diversity has increased among academics and practitioners dealing with organization management. Finding a possible connection between diversity and group performance has been the objective of much extant research. Still, however, results are inconclusive. Based on a sample consisting of 489 members of multicultural academic departments, we set out to examine the relationship between diversity climate (group openness to linguistic, visible, value, and informational diversity), and performance (perceived group performance, group satisfaction). We found openness to linguistic, value, and informational diversity to have strong positive associations with perceived group performance and group satisfaction. Implications of the findings are discussed in detail. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of European Management Review is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Author-supplied keywords

  • academic organizations
  • diversity climate
  • multicultural groups
  • openness to diversity
  • performance
  • satisfaction

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