The Performance of Gender Diverse Teams: Assessing the Impact of Openness to Diversity and Degree of Gender Diversity

Jakob Lauring, Florence Villeseche

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    Abstract

    Team gender diversity has been much debated in many different contexts – not least since the search for a main effect of diversity on performance was launched. However, results have so far been inconclusive, and a number of scholars suggest that more attention should be directed at contextual factors which could influence the effect of gender diversity on team performance. In this study, we explore the effect of positive diversity attitudes and assess the degree of gender diversity where such group attitudes have greater impact. This is done by using a sample of 1085 leaders of academic research teams. Findings show that positive diversity attitude in the form of group openness to diversity is strongly associated with team performance. We also find a moderating effect of gender diversity meaning that the effect of openness to diversity is stronger when gender groups are more balanced. Implications for theory building and potential practical interventions are discussed in detail.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2015
    Number of pages34
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015: Opening Governance - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 7 Aug 201511 Aug 2015
    Conference number: 75
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    Conference

    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015
    Number75
    CountryCanada
    CityVancouver
    Period07/08/201511/08/2015
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    Keywords

    • Diversity attitudes
    • Gender diversity
    • Team composition

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    Lauring, J., & Villeseche, F. (2015). The Performance of Gender Diverse Teams: Assessing the Impact of Openness to Diversity and Degree of Gender Diversity. Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015, Vancouver, Canada.