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Ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance in groups of business students in Sweden
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Ekonomi. Kristianstad University, Plattformen för forskning om verksamhetsförlagd utbildning och professionslärande.
Kristianstad University, Department of Business Administration.
Kristianstad University, Department of Business Administration.
2008 (English)In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, E-ISSN 1469-8439, Vol. 19, no 3, 243-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the complex interrelation between ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance among groups of business students. The article is based on an empirical survey of business students working on a complex assignment in groups of two to five in a small Swedish university. The results indicate that gender diversity leads to positive group outcomes, while ethnic diversity appears to create negative group outcomes. Intervening process variables, such as group communication, conflict and effectiveness in problem solving, were not found to be influenced by diversity, or to influence group outcomes. While the non-influence of intervening variables can probably be explained by methodological difficulties, the negative outcome for ethnic diversity indicates a need to help students better manage ethnic diversity in order to reap its benefits.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 19, no 3, 243-254 p.
Keyword [en]
Ethnic diversity, gender diversity, group process, group performance
National Category
Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-66DOI: 10.1080/14675980802078608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-66DiVA: diva2:133378
Available from: 2009-01-09 Created: 2009-01-09 Last updated: 2013-05-27Bibliographically 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)
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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.

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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
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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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