Expanding opportunities by opening your mind: multicultural engagement predicts job market success through longitudinal increases in integrative complexity

William W. Maddux, Eliza Bivolaru, Andrew C. Hafenbrack, Carmit T. Tadmor, Adam D. Galinsky

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Abstract

A longitudinal study found that the psychological approach individuals take when immersed in a general multicultural environment can predict subsequent career success. Using a culturally diverse sample, we found that "multicultural engagement"-the extent to which students adapted to and learned about new cultures-during a highly international 10-month master of business administration (MBA) program predicted the number of job offers students received after the program, even when controlling for important personality/demographic variables. Furthermore, multicultural engagement predicted an increase in integrative complexity over the course of the 10-month program, and this increase in integrative complexity mediated the effect of multicultural engagement on job market success. This study demonstrates that even when individuals are exposed to the same multicultural environment, it is their psychological approach and engagement with different cultures that determines growth in integrative complexity and tangible increases in professional opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-615
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Integrative complexity
  • Multicultural engagement
  • Multicultural experience
  • Professional achievement

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