The Complementary Effects of Relational Dissimilarity and Group Faultlines: A Multi-Level Analysis of Diversity

Amy B. Henley, Kennesaw State University
Kenneth H. Price, University of Texas at Arlington
Kathleen M. Shumate, University of Texas at Arlington
Nancy A. Rowe, University of Texas at Arlington
James J. Lavelle, University of Texas at Arlington


This article examines the complementary effects of relational dissimilarity and group faultlines through a multi-level analysis of diversity. Results indicate that ethnic dissimilarity and team faultlines were generally negatively associated with any intentions to work with team or group members on future endeavors. Further article topics include diversity of the individual and team level, and the integration of relational dissimilarity and team diversity research and literature for contextual purposes.