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Ethnic identity, power, and communication in top management teams
Kristianstad University College, Department of Business Administration.
2008 (English)In: Baltic Journal of Management, ISSN 1746-5265, Vol. 3, no 2, 159-173 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the "black box" of top management team (TMT) processes such as communication and power distribution, examining the example of ethnically diverse TMTs in Latvia.

Design/methodology/approach - The study relies on case studies of two multinational companies operating in Latvia.

Findings - The findings suggest that ethnic diversity in TMTs leads to more informal and open communication in the teams, but has no clear influence on power distribution in the teams. The results highlight the importance of studying variables that could moderate the effects of ethnic diversity on communication and power distribution; throughout the study, these variables were identified as, but not limited to, environment and shared goals.

Originality/value - This paper uses case studies to explore the black box of team processes, and proposes an alternative operationalization of cultural diversity, measured as ethnic diversity. It also advocates an alternative conceptualization of TMTs expressed in terms of decision-making power. The paper's major contribution is its opening up and exploration of team processes, usually avoided by researchers because of their assumed complexity. Moreover, the study contributes to TMT studies by presenting the Latvian environment as a unique research locus where ethnic identities are rich and various.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 3, no 2, 159-173 p.
Keyword [en]
Ethnic groups, senior management, management power, communications, Latvia
National Category
Business Administration Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-29DOI: 10.1108/17465260810875497ISI: 000258319900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-29DiVA: diva2:132596
Available from: 2008-12-22 Created: 2008-12-22 Last updated: 2012-03-13Bibliographically approved
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1. The bottom line of cultural diversity at the top: the top management team's cultural diversity and its influence on organisational outcomes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The bottom line of cultural diversity at the top: the top management team's cultural diversity and its influence on organisational outcomes
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation investigates the relationship between cultural diversity in top management team (TMT) and organisational outcomes. The theoretical framework developed within this dissertation identifies three major concerns in this relationship. Firstly, the issues related to the lack of research on the contingencies, secondly problems associated with the method of inquiry, and thirdly the conceptualisation of culture. Adopting these issues as a guide for further investigation, this dissertation investigates the black box of the TMT process through the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods/concepts, adopting national and ethnic diversity as proxies for cultural diversity. The majority of the studies in the group and TMT research indicate that cultural diversity is usually associated with negative group and organisational outcomes. The finding of this dissertation, however, indicate that TMT cultural diversity has a positive effect on organisational outcomes albeit under two conditions. Firstly, when TMT cultural diversity mirrors cultural diversity of the Board of Directors, indicating the importance of TMT interaction in the upper apex of the organisation, and secondly, when TMT has a shared vision that reduces the perceived negative influence of cultural diversity on TMT process and subsequently on organisational outcomes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Lund Institute of Economic Research, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, 2012. 266 p.
Keyword
organisational outcome, Top management team, cultural diversity
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-9130 (URN)91-85113-50-6 (ISBN)978-91-85113-50-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-03-23, Lund, 11:06 (English)
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Available from: 2012-03-13 Created: 2012-03-09 Last updated: 2012-03-13Bibliographically approved

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