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Human Relations http://hum.sagepub.com/ 'Cultural diversity' at work: 'National culture' as a discourse organizing an international project group
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‘Cultural diversity’ at work: ‘National culture’ as a discourse organizing an international project group
Ester Barinaga

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Research to date concurs in maintaining that performance of nationally homogeneous workgroups differs if compared to heterogeneous ones. Yet, results are mixed on the relationship between cultural diversity and workgroup outcomes. The article argues that cultural differences are given explanatory authority, cultural diversity acquiring a positivist status, and group members being treated as ‘dopes of their culture’. An alternative approach is to conceive ‘cultural diversity’ and ‘national culture’ as discursive resources used by group members in everyday group life. The author followed an international project group for over 17 months, observing how…...

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