Let’s Be Friends: National Homophily in Multicultural Newcomer Student Networks

Pillai, Kishore Gopalakrishna, Leonidou, Constantinos and Bian, Xuemei (2018) Let’s Be Friends: National Homophily in Multicultural Newcomer Student Networks. Social Networking, 08 (01). pp. 16-38. ISSN 2169-3285

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Understanding the relational and network dynamics among newcomer networks is important to devising appropriate strategies that will maximize the productivity of the incoming workforce. Nevertheless, there are limited empirical contributions on newcomer networks with few studies examining newcomer networks in international environments. This study focuses on national homophily and examines whether ethnic identity salience, self-efficacy, individualism and ethnocentrism are associated with the occurrence of national homophily in newcomers networks. Using a multicultural student sample drawn from newly formed networks, the study found that ethnic identity salience and academic self-efficacy are associated with national homophily positively and negatively, respectively. Individualism is not found to be related to homophily while, contrary to our hypothesis, ethnocentrism is found to be negatively related to homophily. Through its examination of the effect of attitudinal variables on homophily, this study contributes to the broader literature on homophily and provides implications for managers and researchers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homophily, Newcomer Networks, Interpersonal Relationships, Nationality
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 17:45
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 21:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38430

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