Journal article

Diversity Composition and Team Learning: The Moderating Role of Error Culture

Joyce Rupert, Astrid C Homan, Karen A Jehn, Robert Jan Blomme

Group Decision and Negotiation | Springer Verlag | Published : 2019

Abstract

Although there are many potential benefits to diverse teams, the way in which diversity characteristics are aligned in teams may influence whether teams exploit this potential. In this experimental study, we examined the relationship between diversity composition and the process and outcome of team learning by comparing faultline teams (in which diversity characteristics are aligned) with teams in which diversity characteristics cross-categorize each other. We investigated whether this relationship would be influenced by the teams’ beliefs regarding error handling (i.e., error culture). We assigned 268 participants to 67 four-person groups with faultline or cross-categorized compositions. We..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Social Sciences Division of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by research Grant 400-04-174 from the Social Sciences Division of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). At the time of the data collection, the first three authors were affiliated with Leiden University. The authors would like to thank the students and research assistants from Leiden University who have assisted with the data collection.