Location-level links between diversity and innovative climate depend on national power distance

Gerben S. Van Der Vegt*, Evert D.E. Van Vliert, Xu Huang

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In this study, we examined the relationship between the demographic diversity and innovative climates of 248 organizational locations of a multinational company in 24 countries. Supporting a status characteristics perspective, multilevel analyses revealed that diversity in the more task-oriented demographic attributes of organizational tenure and functional background was negatively related to these locations' innovative climates in high-power-distance countries but positively related to the locations' innovative climate in low-power-distance countries. These interactive effects were not found for the more relations-oriented demographic attributes of age and gender.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1171-1182
Number of pages12
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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