Organizational diversity, integration and performance

Andrew H. Van De Ven, Russel W. Rogers, John P. Bechara, Kangyong Sun

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Abstract

This research examines how integrative methods of open communications, involvement, and conflict resolution in implementing an organizational change initiative moderate the relationship between cognitive diversity among employees and organization performance. In this longitudinal study of 37 medical clinics, we find that the interaction of integrative methods and diversity of models for organizing among employees has a significant positive effect on clinic revenue, productivity, and patient satisfaction. An important practical implication of these findings is that instead of seeking consensus on a singular vision of a strategic change initiative, managers are more likely to improve organization performance by focusing their interventions on creating integrative methods for encouraging and learning from diverse and opposing views of an organizational change initiative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-354
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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