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When People Would Rather Switch Than Fight: Out-Group Favoritism Among Temporary Employees

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Hippel, Courtney D. von

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Abstract This article relies on social identity theory to examine the intergroup attitudes held by temporary and permanent employees toward each other. Because temporary employees represent a low-status group with permeable boundaries, temporary employees were expected to show an out-group bias in favor of permanent employees. Survey data from 161 temporary and permanent employees revealed this predicted out-group favoritism on the part of the temporary employees on both implicit and explicit measures of intergroup bias. In contrast, the high-status, permanent employee group displayed typical in-group favoritism on both measures. Implications of these results for workplace relations are discussed.
Free Keywords out-group favoritism; social identity theory; temporary employees; workplace;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 533-546
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 9 (2006) 4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)