The cultural mosaic: a metatheory for understanding the complexity of culture.

@article{Chao2005TheCM,
  title={The cultural mosaic: a metatheory for understanding the complexity of culture.},
  author={Georgia T Chao and Henry Moon},
  journal={The Journal of applied psychology},
  year={2005},
  volume={90 6},
  pages={
          1128-40
        }
}
Workforce population trends have increased the numbers and kinds of culturally diverse people who work together. Researchers in organizational behavior have often examined culture through values; however, cultural values can be based on collections of people other than traditional nation states. A cultural mosaic is presented as a framework to identify demographic, geographic, and associative features underlying culture. An individual's unique collage of multiple cultural identities yields a… 

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