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Gender Diversity is Detrimental to Team Performance: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Bernd Frick (), Anica Rose () and André Kolle ()
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Bernd Frick: Paderborn University
Anica Rose: Paderborn University
André Kolle: Paderborn University

No 23, Working Papers Dissertations from Paderborn University, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics

Abstract: We contribute to the inconclusive empirical research on the relationship between team gender diversity and team performance by investigating the returns to gender diversity in academia. Using a unique sample with 164 randomly formed student teams, we show that gender heterogeneity adversely affects team performance in a business strategy game. Both all-female and all-male teams outperform gender-heterogeneous teams in terms of financial success. We find evidence for the detrimental gender diversity effect to increase with task complexity. Our findings suggest that all-men and all-women teams do not differ in their strategic management behavior.

Keywords: Gender; Diversity; Teams; Performance; Business strategy game (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 C93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-gen and nep-hrm
Date: 2017-01
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