The Effects of Nationality Diversity on Leadership Perceptions in Multinational Teams

Gouri Mohan, Minna Paunova, Yih-Teen Lee

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We combine social identity and status perspectives on nationality to address the question: how does nationality diversity in terms of heterogeneity and inequality affect leadership perceptions in multinational teams? We investigated this question in terms of the effects of two types of nationality-based subgroups (i.e., identity and status) on interpersonal leadership perceptions in 36 teams, comprising 289 members from 51 countries. Our results show that membership in nationality-based subgroups affected leadership perceptions in two distinct ways. On one hand, team members perceived as leaders peers who belonged to the same identity subgroup (ingroup members) and this effect was mediated by perceptions of warmth toward members of same identity subgroups. On the other hand, team members also perceived as leaders peers who belonged to higher status subgroups (irrespective of whether they were ingroup or outgroup members) and this effect was mediated by positive perceptions of competence toward members of high status subgroups. We discuss implications of our study for research and practice of leadership, intergroup relations, and international management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonja Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022
Conference number: 82


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings


  • AOM Annual Meeting Proceedings 2022
  • AOM Seattle 2022

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