People are always saying diversity matters. As a powerful tool for creative work, culturally diverse groups are becoming increasingly common. However, simply assembling a multicultural team doesn't always guarantee a high level of creativity, as cultural diversity can be a trigger, but also a barrier for team effectiveness.
To address the problem of how multicultural teams can leverage their diverse cultural background to produce creative outcomes while avoiding the pitfalls of cultural diversity, Jang (2017) from INSEAD proposed a new model. Jang believes that multiculturals, people who have internalised more than one cultural schemas, can play a unique and positive role in culturally diverse groups. To understand why, we need to look at 2 concepts: "cultural overlap" and "cultural brokerage".
Cultural overlap refers to the extent to which an individual shares cultural membership with others in a group. The degree of cultural overlap determines if a mu (...) Read more? Sign up for free