Title

Matching Versus Mismatching Cultural Norms in Performance Appraisal: Effects of the Cultural Setting and Bicultural Identity Integration

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2010

Abstract

The present study examined how biculturals (Asian-Americans) adjust to differing cultural settings in performance appraisal. Biculturals vary in the degree to which their two cultural identities are compatible or oppositional — Bicultural Identity Integration (BII). The authors found that individual differences in BII interacted with the manipulation of the cultural setting (American or Asian) in determining whether employee outcomes were evaluated as matching or mismatching cultural norms. Results showed that Asian-Americans with high BII gave less weight to employees’ situational conditions in the American setting (matching American cultural norms) and more weight in the Asian setting (matching Asian cultural norms), whereas those with low BII showed the opposite pattern, giving more weight to employees’ situational conditions in the American setting (mismatching American cultural norms) and less weight in the Asian setting (mismatching Asian cultural norms). We discuss the implications of understanding bicultural identity dynamics in managerial judgment and behavior.

Keywords

bicultural identity integration, causal attribution, cultural frame switching, performance appraisal

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Multicultural Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

17

Last Page

35

ISSN

1741-2838

Identifier

10.1177/1470595809359584

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470595809359584

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