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Why organizational and community diversity matter: The emergence of incivility and organizational performance

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Journal publication date12/2011
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Journal number6
Volume54
Number of pages16
Pages1103-1118
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Integrating sociological and psychological perspectives, this research considers the value of organizational ethnic diversity as a function of community diversity. Employee and patient surveys, census data, and performance indices relevant to 142 hospitals in the United Kingdom suggest that intraorganizational ethnic diversity is associated with reduced civility toward patients. However, the degree to which organizational demography was representative of the community demography was positively related to civility experienced by patients and ultimately enhanced organizational performance. These findings underscore the understudied effects of community context, and imply that intergroup biases manifested in incivility toward outgroup members hinder organizational performance.