Inclusive Language Use in Multicultural Business Organizations

The Effect on Creativity and Performance

Jakob Lauring, Anders Klitmøller

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Few studies have dealt with inclusive language use in multicultural organizations. This is unfortunate because it has been hypothesized that such organizations will be more creative and will perform better than mono-cultural organizations if communication issues are dealt with correctly by managers. In this study, we test the general hypothesis that inclusive language use by managers and employees in formal and informal situations will increase the creativity and performance in multicultural organizations. By use of responses from 676 individuals employed in privately owned multicultural companies, we found that management common language communication was strongly associated with performance but not with creativity. Openness to language diversity among employees, however, had strong relations with both creativity and performance. This indicates that management communication may provide information and a shared identity that can increase the performance of an organization. Yet in order to increase creativity, there is a need to also facilitate inclusive group processes. The findings provide new insights into the theoretical idea that diversity leads to creativity and performance if communication is managed correctly.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Business Communication
Vol/bind54
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)306-324
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

Fingeraftryk

Creativity
Business organization
Language
Communication
Managers
Employees
Communication management
Group processes
Openness

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