Power, safety, and learning in racially diverse groups

Erica Foldy, Peter Rivard, Tamara R. Buckley

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We propose that power inequities drive dynamics in racially diverse teams, often leading to conflict, withdrawal, or assimilation-all of which can impede team learning. We suggest several elements to address these dynamics, including identity safety or the belief that one is safe despite one's racial identity; a perspective that values cultural identity as a resource for thinking about work; and a welcoming stance toward new information and differing opinions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-41
Number of pages17
JournalAcademy of Management Learning and Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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