The Effects of Status Characteristics and Ideological Beliefs on Judgments of Academic Credibility

Research Seminars
Academic Areas Organisational Behaviour
Karl Aquino, Chaired Professor, University of British Columbia
June 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Monday
AC 2 MLT (Mini Lecture Theatre), Level -2, hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
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I will report the results of several studies examining judgments of researcher credibility as a joint function of researcher status characteristics (e.g., race, gender) and perceiver social dominance orientation (SDO). We hypothesized that high SDO perceivers are motivated to perceive a researcher as less credible if the researcher belongs to a low (as compared to a high) demographic status group. Conversely, low SDO perceivers to evaluate a low status researcher as more credible than they would evaluate a high status researcher. Results supported these hypotheses and showed that researcher credibility judgments influence the interpretations people make of ambiguous, yet potentially discriminatory, managerial decisions.