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Will I Stay Or Will I Go? Cooperative And Competitive Effects Of Workgroup Sex And Race Composition On Turnover

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Executive Summary

The authors develop an integrated theory of the social identity mechanisms linking workgroup sex and race composition across levels with individual turnover. Analyzing longitudinal human resource data on professionals employed in a large up-or-out knowledge organization, they assess the distinct effects of demographic match with superiors and demographic match with peers on the exit of junior professionals. They find largely cooperative effects of cross-level composition - junior professionals who work in groups with higher proportions of same sex senior professionals are less likely to exit.

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