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Social identification is generally a prerequisite for group success and does not preclude intragroup differentiation

  • S. Alexander Haslam (a1) and Naomi Ellemers (a2)


On the basis of research in the social identity tradition, we contend (a) that identification and differentiation are not mutually exclusive, (b) that a sequence in which identification gives way to differentiation is not necessarily associated with superior organizational outcomes, and (c) that social identification, and leadership that builds this, is generally a prerequisite for group success.



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