Diverse perspectives on inclusion: Exploring the experiences of individuals in heterogeneous groups

Sarah Singletary Walker (Department of Marketing and Management, Heider College of Business, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Enrica N. Ruggs (Department of Psychological Science, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
Whitney Botsford Morgan (Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas, USA)
Sandra W. DeGrassi (Department of Management, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Publication date: 11 February 2019



The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which racioethnicity influences perceptions of inclusion (i.e. information sharing, collective efficacy, satisfaction and relationship conflict) when working in racially heterogeneous groups.


Individuals were placed in groups in order to participate in ethical-decision making tasks.


Results reveal that individuals representing varied racioethnic groups are in general satisfied working in racially heterogeneous groups. However, reports of relationship conflict and information sharing varied as a function of racioethnicity.


The authors discuss possible rationales for differences in how racioethnic groups perceive and experience group processes over time as well as practical implications for social psychology and diversity in teams.



Singletary Walker, S., Ruggs, E.N., Botsford Morgan, W. and W. DeGrassi, S. (2019), "Diverse perspectives on inclusion: Exploring the experiences of individuals in heterogeneous groups", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 38 No. 1, pp. 2-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-11-2017-0250

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