Diversity and Groups

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Katherine W. Phillips
Emerald Group Publishing, Aug 1, 2008 - Business & Economics - 248 pages
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Diversity results from the constellation of individual traits, characteristics, identities, experiences, and knowledge that individuals bring to a group. When individuals come together in groups, the similarities and differences among them may have a profound influence on how they feel, communicate, establish cohesion, deal with conflict, negotiate status differences, share and integrate information, develop ideas, make decisions, process information, and solve problems. The effects of diversity are broad and complex. Although there is a long history of research on diversity, researchers are delving deeper into the moderators, contextual factors, psychological processes, and sociological constraints that impact how individuals and groups manage the complexities of diversity in organizations.This volume will help promote research on diversity in groups by identifying and integrating various areas of research related to diversity across multiple disciplinary traditions. Because researchers in so many different areas have been studying the impact of diversity, and because it plays such an important role in group process and performance, this volume includes chapters and should be relevant for scholars who sit or were trained in many different academic departments including management, communications, psychology, labor and industrial relations and sociology.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Demographic faultlines and creativity in diverse groups
1
Review and future agenda
27
Increasing team innovation through identity integration
55
Disentangling the complex interactions within a minority of two
75
A roleset approach to uncovering the social importance of demographic categories
93
Intrapersonal perspectives and intragroup processes
109
Beneficial for cohesion in demographically diverse work groupsquest
143
The role of multiple identity motives in homogeneous and diverse groups
167
New perspectives on the benefits of racial diversity for group performance
195
The importance of a common identity
221
Chapter 11 Harnessing the power of emergent interdependence to promote diverse team collaboration
245
A linguistic approach to understanding intergroup relations
267
Integrating Themes and Future Research Opportunities in Work Group Diversity
295
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