Demystifying the myth about marginals: Implications for global leadership

Date

2013

Authors

Fitzsimmons, Stacey R.
Lee, Yih-teen
Brannen, Mary Yoko

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

European Journal of International Management

Abstract

Marginals are a type of bicultural (or multicultural) individual who have internalized more than one culture, yet do not identify strongly with either or any of them; they are simultaneously cultural insiders and outsiders. This duality has led them to be overlooked as positive contributors to organizations. On average, marginals have been found to experience worse psychological, social and adjustment outcomes than other biculturals. However, in this paper, we argue that new evidence challenges this view. We propose a conceptual explanation for the outliers from the average marginalized experience, to contend that under certain conditions, marginals may possess certain advantages that facilitate their potential to excel as global leaders.

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Keywords

Cultural Identities, Marginals, Biculturals, Multicultural Individuals, Global Leadership

Citation

Fitzsimmons, S.R., Lee, Y., & Brannen, M. (2013). Demystifying the myth about marginals: Implications for global leadership. European Journal of International Management, 7(5), 587-603.