Power can increase stereotyping: evidence from managers and subordinates in the hotel industry

Guinote, A. and Phillips, A. (2010) Power can increase stereotyping: evidence from managers and subordinates in the hotel industry. Social Psychology, 41 (1). pp. 3-9. ISSN 1864-9335.

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Abstract

Previous research indicates that power increases attention to stereotype-consistent information. The ecological validity of this hypothesis was tested in managers and subordinates in the hotel industry. Participants were presented with stereotype-consistent and stereotype-inconsistent information about an ingroup or outgroup target, and their task was to judge the suitability of the target for a job that was either consistent or inconsistent with the stereotype. Subordinates attended more to individuating information and paid overall more attention to social information than managers. In addition, the managers’ judgments of the suitability of the outgroup target were dependent on the stereotype consistency of the job, whereas the subordinates’ judgments were not. These findings are consistent with experimental research and shed light on the conditions that promote stereotyping and discrimination.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Power; stereotyping; social roles
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5549-5549.5 Personnel management. Employment management
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Miss Adele Phillips
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 12:15
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2015 12:15
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12711

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