The Moderating Influence of Nationalism on the Relationship Between National Diversity and Conflict
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2010
© 2010 International Association for Conflict Management and Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Negotiation and Conflict Management Research
Volume 3, Issue 3, pages 249–275, August 2010
How to Cite
Ayub, N. and Jehn, K. A. (2010), The Moderating Influence of Nationalism on the Relationship Between National Diversity and Conflict. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 3: 249–275. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-4716.2010.00060.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2010
To understand the relationship between national diversity and conflict types (relationship and task conflict) in nationally diverse workgroups, we examined group members’ nationalistic attitudes regarding outgroup derogation (nationalistic derogation) and ingroup preference (national ingroup preference). A sample of 131 employees in nationally diverse workgroups was used to examine our hypotheses. A moderating effect of nationalistic derogation was found on the relationship between national diversity and both task and relationship conflict, such that national diversity was more likely to lead to both task conflict and relationship conflict when members had negative attitudes based on nationality toward the outgroup members. National ingroup preference was less influential on the relationship between diversity and conflict. Results are discussed for future research and practical implications.