Cultural diversity and team performance: The role of team member goal orientation

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As workforce diversity increases, knowledge of factors influencing whether cultural diversity results in team performance benefits is of growing importance. Complementing and extending earlier research, we develop and test theory about how achievement setting readily activates team member goal orientations that influence the diversity-performance relationship. In two studies, we identify goal orientation as a moderator of the performance benefits of cultural diversity and team information elaboration as the underlying process. Cultural diversity is more positive for team performance when team members' learning approach orientation is high and performance avoidance orientation is low. This effect is exerted via team information elaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-804
Number of pages23
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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