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Believing shapes seeing: the impact of diversity beliefs on the construal of group composition
Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (2010)
  • Astrid C. Homan, University of Amsterdam
  • Lindred L. Greer, University of Amsterdam
  • Karen A. Jehn, Melbourne Business School
  • Lukas Koning, Leiden University
Abstract
Previous research has suggested that diversity effects depend on how group members perceive their group’s composition. However, what determines how diversity is perceived is unclear. We argue that the way in which group members construe their group’s diversity is shaped by group members’ beliefs about the value in diversity. Focusing on groups with objective subgroups, we show in two studies that the more group members value diversity, the more likely they are to construe their diversity in terms of individual differences and the less likely they are to construe their diversity in terms of subgroups. We also show that diversity construal is only affected by diversity beliefs during intellectual tasks (where diversity matters), but not during physical tasks.
Keywords
  • diversity beliefs; diversity construal; group composition; individual differences; subgroup categorization
Publication Date
July, 2010
Citation Information
Astrid C. Homan, Lindred L. Greer, Karen A. Jehn and Lukas Koning. "Believing shapes seeing: the impact of diversity beliefs on the construal of group composition" Group Processes & Intergroup Relations Vol. 13 Iss. 4 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/etty_jehn/5/