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Making the Team: A Guide for Managers by Leigh L. Thompson

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Displays of racism in the corporate world are shocking because it is not often that such blatant racial slurs are heard in a work environment. Many people believe that there are no such problems in their workplace. What type of corporate culture leads to this obviously inappropriate behavior, hostile work environment, and poor use of corporate time and energy? What role do teams play in perpetuating or curtailing this behavior? This is the focus of the chapter.

The preceding evidence makes a sobering point: Bias and prejudice are common in organizations and adversely affect the ability of teams and organizations to accomplish their goals. In the following list, we draw distinctions between various kinds of prejudiced thoughts, actions, ...

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