Unity Through Diversity: Value-in-Diversity Beliefs, Work Group Diversity, and Group Identification

41 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2007

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D.L. van Knippenberg

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

S. Alexander Haslam

University of Exeter - School of Psychology

Michael J. Platow

ANU - School of Psychology

Date Written: October 30, 2007

Abstract

Research on work group diversity has more or less neglected the possibility that reactions to diversity may be informed by individuals' beliefs about the value of diversity (vs. homogeneity) for their work group. We studied the role of such diversity beliefs as a moderator of the relationship between work group diversity and individuals' identification with the work group across two studies. Study 1 was a cross-sectional survey that focused on gender diversity and gender diversity beliefs. Study 2 was a laboratory experiment in which work group diversity and diversity beliefs were manipulated. Results of both studies support the prediction that work group diversity and group identification are more positively related the more individuals believe in the value of diversity

Keywords: diversity, identification, social identity, self-categorization, value-in-diversity

Suggested Citation

Van Knippenberg, Daan and Haslam, S. Alexander and Platow, Michael J., Unity Through Diversity: Value-in-Diversity Beliefs, Work Group Diversity, and Group Identification (October 30, 2007). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-068-ORG, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1032754

Daan Van Knippenberg (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

S. Alexander Haslam

University of Exeter - School of Psychology ( email )

Exeter EX4 4QX, Devon
United Kingdom

Michael J. Platow

ANU - School of Psychology ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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