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Examining ethnic faultlines in groups: a multimethod study of demographic alignment, leadership profiles, coalition formation, intersubgroup conflict and group outcomes
Psychology
  • Katerina Bezrukova, Santa Clara University
  • Karen A. Jehn
Document Type
Presentation
Publication Date
1-1-2003
Disciplines
Abstract
This study used multiple methods to examine the effects of group member demographic alignment on coalition formation, intersubgroup conflict, and individual and group level outcomes in common-goal groups. The study uses a 2 by 2 experimental design, crossing demographic alignment (alignment vs. no alignment) and group leadership profile (split leaders vs. no split) as between-subjects variables. Data from 5 types of measurement were used to analyze the effects of member alignment and leadership profiles. We distinguish between potential group faultlines (aligned demographic characteristics of members) and active group faultlines (members actually divide into subgroups based on the aligned demographic characteristics) and hypothesize that while potential faultlines do not automatically turn into active group divisions, leadership traits will activate divisions among group members in groups predisposed to group splits based on ethnic demographic alignment (potential group faultlines). In fact, we propose, and find, that potential faultlines, if not activated into destructive splits, can lead to positive processes and outcomes in groups. Results indicate that groups with active faultlines are more likely to form coalitions, have high levels of intersubgroup conflict and lower levels of satisfaction and group performance.
Comments
2003 - The 16th Annual Conference of the IACM, Victoria, Australia Dates: June 15-June 18, 2003 Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia http://www.iacm-conflict.org/
Citation Information
Katerina Bezrukova and Karen A. Jehn. "Examining ethnic faultlines in groups: a multimethod study of demographic alignment, leadership profiles, coalition formation, intersubgroup conflict and group outcomes" (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/katerina_bezrukova/4/