Courtney McCluney

Courtney McCluney discusses code-switching on NPR

January 7, 2020

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Courtney McCluney speaks about her research on code-switching with Forum host Michael Krasny on NPR affiliate KQED in San Francisco.

McCluney and fellow researchers recently published findings from their research on code-switching in an article called “The Costs of Code-Switching” in Harvard Business Review’s “The Big Idea” publication.

The study found that code-switching—the practice of adjusting one’s self-expression to fit in with a majority group—poses career and psychological risks for individuals and can cost organizations the unique perspectives and contributions of minority employees.

McCluney’s research on code-switching touched a nerve with KQED listeners, who wrote and called in to share their thoughts and experiences.