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Diversity in Organizations and Cross-Cultural Work Psychology: What If They Were More Connected?

  • Bernardo M. Ferdman (a1) and Lilach Sagiv (a2)
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In this article, we discuss how the fields of diversity in organizations and cross-cultural work psychology can benefit from greater attention to and integration with each other as well as more clarity regarding the distinctions between them. We first present—each in our own voice and from our individual perspective—past and current issues in the two respective areas. We then jointly identify and discuss key areas of commonality and difference between diversity and cross-cultural work psychology in theory, research, and practice. Subsequently, we point to ways the two fields might learn and benefit from each other's approaches and perspectives. We consider issues such as the interplay between culture and diversity, the dual impact of individuals on groups and vice versa, and the role of identity as an organizing principle in group diversity. Overall, this article provides illustrative examples of the benefits of more exchange and dialogue between the fields.

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E-mail: bferdman@alliant.edu, Address: California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Rd., San Diego, CA 92130 USA
E-mail: lilach.sagiv@mail.huji.ac.il, Address: School of Business Administration, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905 Israel
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