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

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Abstract: Understanding the relational and network dynamics among newcomer networksis important to devising appropriate strategies that will maximize theproductivity of the incoming workforce. Nevertheless, there are limited empiricalcontributions on newcomer networks with few studies examiningnewcomer networks in international environments. This study focuses on nationalhomophily and examines whether ethnic identity salience, self-efficacy,individualism and ethnocentrism are associated with the occurrence of nationalhomophily in newcomers networks. Using a multicultural studentsample drawn from newly formed networks, the study found that ethnicidentity salience and academic self-efficacy are associated with national homophilypositively and negatively, respectively. Individualism is not found tobe related to homophily while, contrary to our hypothesis, ethnocentrism isfound to be negatively related to homophily. Through its examination of theeffect of attitudinal variables on homophily, this study contributes to thebroader literature on homophily and provides implications for managers andresearchers.

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