Organizational Innovation

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Journal of Organizational Behavior, J. Organiz. Behav. 32, 1062–1083 (2011) Published online 7 September 2010 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) DOI: 10.1002/job.724

Diversity and organizational innovation: The role of employee involvement
YANG YANG1* AND ALISON M. KONRAD2
Management Department, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Department of Organizational Behavior, Richard Ivey School of Business, U. of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
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Summary

This study examined the interactive effects of workplace diversity and employee involvement on organizational innovation. Using a sample of 182 large Canadian organizations, we found a three-way interaction between level of employee involvement, variation in involvement, and racioethnic diversity on innovation. In organizations with high levels of employee involvement, high variation in involvement was associated with higher involvement levels among racioethnic minorities, resulting in a stronger association between diversity and innovation. Furthermore, the association between White employee involvement and innovation was significantly more positive under the condition of high involvement among racioethnic minority group members. Thus, ensuring high levels of involvement among members of historically marginalized racioethnic groups enhances the innovation effects of employee empowerment systems. Copyright # 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Keywords: gender and racioethnic diversity, diversity management, employee involvement level, employee involvement variation, organizational innovation

Introduction
The two research streams of employee involvement and diversity management have a number of heretofore unacknowledged commonalities. Both areas seek to improve the impact of human capital on business outcomes by developing and utilizing…...

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