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Ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance in groups of business students in Sweden
Högskolan Kristianstad, Avdelningen för Ekonomi.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8938-2150
Högskolan Kristianstad, Institutionen för ekonomi.
Högskolan Kristianstad, Institutionen för ekonomi.
2008 (English)In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, E-ISSN 1469-8439, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 243-254Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article investigates the complex interrelation between ethnic and gender diversity, process and performance among groups of business students. The article is based on an empirical survey of business students working on a complex assignment in groups of two to five in a small Swedish university. The results indicate that gender diversity leads to positive group outcomes, while ethnic diversity appears to create negative group outcomes. Intervening process variables, such as group communication, conflict and effectiveness in problem solving, were not found to be influenced by diversity, or to influence group outcomes. While the non-influence of intervening variables can probably be explained by methodological difficulties, the negative outcome for ethnic diversity indicates a need to help students better manage ethnic diversity in order to reap its benefits.

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Taylor & Francis, 2008. Vol. 19, no 3, p. 243-254
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Ethnic diversity, gender diversity, group process, group performance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45039DOI: 10.1080/14675980802078608OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-45039DiVA, id: diva2:1329952
Available from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-25 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved

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