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Asymmetric Reactions to Work Group Sex Diversity among Men and Women

Jennifer A. Chatman and Charles A. O'Reilly
The Academy of Management Journal
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr., 2004), pp. 193-208
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20159572
Page Count: 16
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Asymmetric Reactions to Work Group Sex Diversity among Men and Women
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Abstract

Attitudes among 178 professional men and women working for a clothing manufacturer and retailer depended on their work groups' sex composition. Findings were consistent with status considerations: women expressed a greater likelihood of leaving homogeneous groups than did men, even though women expressed greater commitment, positive affect, and perceptions of cooperation when they worked in all-female groups. These results suggest that similarity-attraction may be inadequate as the primary theoretical foundation for understanding how work group sex composition influences men and women.

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