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Work group diversity dynamics: a novel approach to diversity research

Dimitrios Karolidis (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Fotis Vouzas (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Publication date: 12 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of work group diversity dynamics as a novel approach for studying diverse work groups. The authors profile the dynamic processes within diverse work-groups and provide an overview of main objectives.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws on years of accumulated diversity research to cast a temporal and dynamic lens on the processes taking place within diverse work groups. After outlining the state of the art in work group diversity research, the definition, overall framework and profile of work group diversity dynamics is offered.

Findings

The paper argues that by adopting a temporal and dynamic perspective for studying diverse work groups, one can shift focus from the traditional perspective of “what is diversity” to “what happens within diverse work groups”. The paper disentangles the activities taking place within diverse work groups, defines the actual team processes and finally highlights how these processes might be affected by time and dynamism.

Originality/value

After almost 30 years of diversity research the mechanisms and processes through which diversity is translated into individual and organizational outcomes are not yet sufficiently understood and studied. This paper highlights a temporal and dynamic perspective for studying work group diversity, a view that is yet uncharted in diversity literature.

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Citation

Karolidis, D. and Vouzas, F. (2019), "Work group diversity dynamics: a novel approach to diversity research", Team Performance Management, Vol. 25 No. 5/6, pp. 348-368. https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-07-2018-0043

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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