Being dissimilar but feeling entitative at the same time: The moderating role of diversity beliefs

Dindar, Nefide
The purpose of this study is to investigate the moderated indirect effect of demographic dissimilarity (gender, nationality and informational dissimilarity) on incivility, citizenship behavior, emotional conflict, satisfaction with group and perceived performance through entitativity in which diversity beliefs is a moderator. To test the hypotheses, data were acquired from 94 undergraduate students registered to the Organizational Behavior class of Business Administration Department at Middle East Technical University by three different questionnaires conducted in three different times during the semester. Data was analyzed at the individual-level by using hierarchical regression and bootstrap analyses. The results indicated that, contrary to the expectation, diversity beliefs strengthened the negative direct effect of gender dissimilarity on entitativity, its negative indirect effect on citizenship behavior, satisfaction with group and perceived performance, and its positive indirect effect on incivility. There was no significant moderated indirect effect found on emotional conflict. Furthermore, entitativity was found to be as a significant predictor of incivility, citizenship behavior, satisfaction with group and perceived performance, but not emotional conflict. According to the results, nationality and informational dissimilarity did not have any direct or indirect effect on entitativity and aforementioned outcomes.


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Citation Formats
N. Dindar, “Being dissimilar but feeling entitative at the same time: The moderating role of diversity beliefs,” M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration, Middle East Technical University, 2022.