Consequences of Social Categorization and Social Identity Theories

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Consequences of Social Categorization and Social Identity Theories
Vernon Smith
BA426 Managing Cultural Diversity vsmith003@regis.edu Consequences of Social Categorization and Social Identity Theories
Introduction
In the modern world, workforce diversity has developed to be among the most imperative elements. Many organizations including Apple Inc. and all over the world have employed diversity managers to help develop effective workforce diversification (Podsiadlowski et al., 2013). The increased interest in workforce diversity is not surprising. As organization move to develop organizational structures including teams and groups as well as multinational workforce, effective communication within diversified workforce becomes
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through the creation of poor relationships among the managers and other workers. This essay will provide an overview of consequences of stereotyping that results from social categorization and how to address them.

Social Categorization Theory and Social Identity Theory
Workforce diversity through social categorization can be beneficial for the organization by providing the basis for creativity and increase access to external links. Social categorization can be defined as the process of determining the group that a person will belong to within an organization (Van Ginkel, & Homan, 2013). However, there are consequences that are related to the organization engagement to workforce diversity since the workers often perceive conflict and structure their interaction through social identity. Social identity provides the means for an individual to identify themselves in a group depending on the variance of the one’s attitude compared to that of others. The social identity theory provides a clear understanding to the consequences and workable solutions that would make diversity beneficial to the organization and workers (Bell, 2012).
Bell (2012) has developed different theories of the consequence of social categorization. One of these theories is in-group favoritism and out-group biases. In-group favoritism can be defined as behavior of favoring the members of an in-group while sidelining out-group. This may occur in terms of

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