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
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)
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