A study of the current status of diversity faultlines in japanese work organizations

Takumi Iwaasa*, Naoto Shoji, Motoki Mizuno

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Managing people from different backgrounds has brought great benefits to work organizations. However, previous research has shown that diversity may have negative effects on performance because of diversity “faultlines”, hypothetical dividing lines that may split a group into subgroups. We conducted an empirical study on faultlines for the first time in Japan to investigate the present status of faultlines and to assess the degree to which workers perceive that (certain) attributes (e.g. nationality, ethnicity, age, personality, attitude) may have an impact on the emergence of faultlines in Japanese work organizations. It has been shown that task-related attributes such as specialty and ability/knowledge are great factors affecting faultlines, and that every participant perceives faultlines based on such attributes as specialty, personality, and attitude.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors, Business Management, Training and Education - Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Human Factors, Business Management and Society
EditorsTerence Andre, Jussi Ilari Kantola, Salman Nazir, Tibor Barath
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319420691
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors, Business Management and Society, AHFE 2016 - Walt Disney World, United States
Duration: 2016 Jul 272016 Jul 31

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors, Business Management and Society, AHFE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWalt Disney World


  • Demographic related attributes
  • Diversity management
  • Faultlines
  • Task related attributes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science

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