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Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2014 Oct;20(4):529-40. doi: 10.1037/a0037238. Epub 2014 Aug 4.

Strategies for managing impressions of racial identity in the workplace.

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1
PhD Program in Leadership and Change, Antioch University.
2
International Business School, Brandeis University.
3
Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University.

Abstract

This article deepens understanding of the workplace experiences of racial minorities by investigating racial identity-based impression management (RIM) by Asian American journalists. Racial centrality, directly or indirectly, predicted the use of 4 RIM strategies (avoidance, enhancement, affiliation, and racial humor). Professional centrality also predicted strategy use, which was related to life satisfaction and perceived career success. By shedding light on proactive strategies that individuals use to influence colleagues' impressions of their racial identity, we contribute to research on diversity in organizations, impression management, and racial identity.

PMID:
25090148
DOI:
10.1037/a0037238
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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