Social identification and altruism in diverse teams

This paper investigates social identity and altruism in diverse teams. Past research identifies cooperative and altruistic behaviour as essential for team effectiveness. An important question concerns the extent to which individuals, as they interact with demographically dissimilar team members, will display altruism. This question is addressed drawing upon relational demography research and a social identity approach. The present study posits that identification with demographic subgroups within a diverse team is a major hurdle to attaining altruism. When team members identify with demographic subgroups, they are less likely to identify with the team and to engage in altruism. Using a sample of 221 individuals from 13 diverse teams, this study found that demographic identity salience was negatively associated with team identification and team identification was positively associated with altruism. Demographic identity salience was not related to altruism. This study examined fundamental but under-studied propositions of social identity approach within diverse team context.


A relational perspective of institutional work
Topal, Çağrı (Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2015-07-01)
This study develops a relational model of institutional work. The past research implies that the nature of relationships between individual actors actually shapes the nature of institutional work the actors engage in. However, the research falls short of an explicit, systematic analysis of different relationships between the actors and their work implications. This study basically argues that the actors' power positions, which might be dominant or subordinate in relation to those of other actors, and their ...
Coexistence of continuity and change in institutional work
Topal, Çağrı (Emerald, 2020-01-01)
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to answer the question of how continuity and change coexist in the work of institutional actors who can combine maintenance, disruption and/or creation. Past studies mention this coexistence without an explanation. Design/methodology/approach The paper develops a perspective through literature review. Findings Institutional actors are both socialized into the norm-oriented space of continuity and maintenance through their reciprocal relations and associated social knowle...
Political truth, epistemological challenges of populism and post-truth
Kerem, Özcan; Grıffıth, James Edmond Carr; Department of Philosophy (2023-1)
This thesis explores the place of truth in our contemporary public discourse and the epistemological challenges it faces. It takes a look at the perceived distortion of factual reality in the form of increased lies and untruths through the contribution of the nearly all-encompassing concept of “post-truth”. The thesis highlights the central role played by the Internet and new communication mediums in the development of the post-truth condition and emphasizes the novelty they bring about. I use the works of ...
Risk and Organizations: Toward a Cultural-Symbolic Perspective
Gephart, Robert; Topal, Çağrı; Kulicki, Michael (Sage, 2008-01-01)
The study of risk in contemporary social life has become ‘one of the most lively areas of theoretical debate in social and cultural theories in recent times’ (Lupton, 1999a: 1). Although some organizational scholars have addressed risks relevant toorganizations (e.g. Gephart, 1997), the field of organizational scholarship has not accorded the topic of risk, the centrality or concern that it has achieved in social theory. Further, where risk has been explicitly addressed in organizational research, the cogni...
Other-regarding preferences in organizational hierarchies
Saygili, Kemal; Küçükşenel, Serkan (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2019-04-01)
In this paper, we provide new theoretical insights about the role of collusion in organizational hierarchies by combining the standard principal-supervisor-agent framework with a theory of social preferences. Extending Tirole's (J Law Econ Organ 2(2):181-214, 1986) model of hierarchy with the inclusion of Fehr and Schmidt (Q J Econ 114(3):817-868, 1999) type of other-regarding preferences, the links between inequity aversion, collusive behavior and changes in optimal contracts are studied. It turns out that...
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F. P. Acar, “Social identification and altruism in diverse teams,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT, pp. 55–72, 2014, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: