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ERIC Number: EJ852758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 121
ISSN: ISSN-1534-4843
An Examination of Interracial Contact: The Influence of Cross-Race Interpersonal Efficacy and Affect Regulation
Combs, Gwendolyn M.; Griffith, Jakari
Human Resource Development Review, v6 n3 p222-244 2007
The ability of employees to interact cooperatively and collaboratively is the fulcrum of competitive advantage for organizations operating in pluralistic environments. Contact theory suggests several conditions under which effective interpersonal relationships across racial, ethnic, and cultural groups may occur. Research examining the contact hypothesis has been mixed. The explanation of this inconsistency in the research generally centers on procedural rather than cognitive aspects of the interactions. This article discusses the contact hypothesis with respect to social cognitive functioning of interaction participants. We propose that positive outcomes from application of the contact hypothesis may be influenced by the individual employees' level of cross-race interpersonal efficacy and affect regulation. An investigation of the influence of cross-race interpersonal efficacy and affect regulation may lead to a more developed theoretical understanding of the variance currently associated with the application of the contact hypothesis. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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