Multicultural Employees: A framework for understanding how they contribute to organizations

Date

2013-01-11

Authors

Fitzsimmons, Stacey R.

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Publisher

Academy Of Management Review

Abstract

Organizations are experiencing a rise in a new demographic of employees—multicultural individuals, who identify with two or more cultures and have internalized associated cultural schemas. I create a map of possible ways to organize more than one cultural identity, based on identity integration, which ranges from separated to integrated, and identity plurality, which ranges from single to multiple. Cognitive and motivational mechanisms drawn from social identity theory explain how identity patterns then influence both benefits and challenges for multicultural employees, categorized into personal, social, and task outcomes. Organizational identification and organizational culture moderate relationships between multicultural identity patterns and outcomes. The framework presented in this article offers a theoretical basis for understanding how multicultural employees may contribute to their organizations.

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Keywords

Multicultural, Cultural Identities, Multiple Identities

Citation

Fitzsimmons, S. R. (2013). Multicultural Employees: A framework for understanding how they contribute to organizations. Academy Of Management Review, 38(4), 525-549.