January 29th, 2015
It may feel like you cooperate best with your own sex, but that is nonsense. Despite all the differences between men and women, it still gives the best results if they work together, research shows. It is all about diversity.
Dutch researcher Sander Hogendoorn dedicated his promotion research to the effect of diversity on the performance of student teams. He also looked at ethnic and cognitive diversity and found that these too can help on the work floor.
Teams of both male and female students performed better than groups of just men and also, but less clear, than female teams. This was different for teams with various ethnicities. If there were just a few people with other ethnicities in a team this didn’t enhance performance.
Only if more than half of the group had various ethnicities the results of the team increased. Hogendoorn thinks this may have to do with different ethnicities complementing each others knowledge.
Cognitive diversity only helped if the differences were not too big.
Photo: Flickr, fotobydave
Source: Universiteit van Amsterdam
Sander Hoogendoorn: Diversity and Team Performance: A Series of Field Experiments. Promotor is Mirjam van Praag, prof. dr. entrepreneurship and organisation at the University of Amsterdam.
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