Advanced

Ethnic identity, power, and communication in top management teams

Umans, Timurs LU (2008) In Baltic Journal of Management 3(2). p.159-173
Abstract
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the "black box" of top management team (TMT) processes such as communication and power distribution, examining the example of ethnically diverse TMTs in Latvia. Design/methodology/approach - The study relies on case studies of two multinational companies operating in Latvia. Findings - The findings suggest that ethnic diversity in TMTs leads to more informal and open communication in the teams, but has no clear influence on power distribution in the teams. The results highlight the importance of studying variables that could moderate the effects of ethnic diversity on communication and power distribution; throughout the study, these variables were identified as, but not limited to,... (More)
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the "black box" of top management team (TMT) processes such as communication and power distribution, examining the example of ethnically diverse TMTs in Latvia. Design/methodology/approach - The study relies on case studies of two multinational companies operating in Latvia. Findings - The findings suggest that ethnic diversity in TMTs leads to more informal and open communication in the teams, but has no clear influence on power distribution in the teams. The results highlight the importance of studying variables that could moderate the effects of ethnic diversity on communication and power distribution; throughout the study, these variables were identified as, but not limited to, environment and shared goals. Originality/value - This paper uses case studies to explore the black box of team processes, and proposes an alternative operationalization of cultural diversity, measured as ethnic diversity. It also advocates an alternative conceptualization of TMTs expressed in terms of decision-making power. The paper's major contribution is its opening up and exploration of team processes, usually avoided by researchers because of their assumed complexity. Moreover, the study contributes to TMT studies by presenting the Latvian environment as a unique research locus where ethnic identities are rich and various. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Latvia, communications, management power, ethnic groups, senior management
in
Baltic Journal of Management
volume
3
issue
2
pages
159 - 173
publisher
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
external identifiers
  • wos:000258319900004
  • scopus:49149098398
ISSN
1746-5265
DOI
10.1108/174655260810875497
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
0eb28f83-3f02-4f3c-ac17-340d8b9fb0a6 (old id 1252945)
date added to LUP
2008-10-31 09:23:44
date last changed
2017-01-01 05:13:12
@article{0eb28f83-3f02-4f3c-ac17-340d8b9fb0a6,
  abstract     = {Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the "black box" of top management team (TMT) processes such as communication and power distribution, examining the example of ethnically diverse TMTs in Latvia. Design/methodology/approach - The study relies on case studies of two multinational companies operating in Latvia. Findings - The findings suggest that ethnic diversity in TMTs leads to more informal and open communication in the teams, but has no clear influence on power distribution in the teams. The results highlight the importance of studying variables that could moderate the effects of ethnic diversity on communication and power distribution; throughout the study, these variables were identified as, but not limited to, environment and shared goals. Originality/value - This paper uses case studies to explore the black box of team processes, and proposes an alternative operationalization of cultural diversity, measured as ethnic diversity. It also advocates an alternative conceptualization of TMTs expressed in terms of decision-making power. The paper's major contribution is its opening up and exploration of team processes, usually avoided by researchers because of their assumed complexity. Moreover, the study contributes to TMT studies by presenting the Latvian environment as a unique research locus where ethnic identities are rich and various.},
  author       = {Umans, Timurs},
  issn         = {1746-5265},
  keyword      = {Latvia,communications,management power,ethnic groups,senior management},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {159--173},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {Baltic Journal of Management},
  title        = {Ethnic identity, power, and communication in top management teams},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/174655260810875497},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2008},
}