Is stereotype threat a useful construct for organizational psychology research and practice?

Kalokerinos, Elise K., von Hippel, Courtney, & Zacher, Hannes (2014) Is stereotype threat a useful construct for organizational psychology research and practice? Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 7(3), pp. 381-402.

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Stereotypes about different groups persist in organizations. Employees from such groups may experience stereotype threat, or the concern that they are being judged on the basis of demeaning stereotypes about groups to which they belong. The goal of this focal article is to discuss whether stereotype threat is a useful construct for organizational psychology research and practice. To this end, we focus on consequences other than acute performance deficits in laboratory settings. In particular, we examine studies that highlight the effects of stereotype threat on intrapersonal outcomes (e.g., job attitudes), interpersonal outcomes (e.g., negotiation), and on the relationship between employees and their organization. The research reviewed suggests that stereotype threat is a potentially important phenomenon in organizations, but it also highlights the paucity of research in an organizational context. We provide suggestions for future research directions as well as for the prevention and amelioration of stereotype threat in the workplace.

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ID Code: 92352
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Stereotypes, Organizations, Employees
DOI: 10.1111/iops.12167
ISSN: 1754-9426
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2014 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2016 02:19
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 05:18

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