Globalisation in the lecture room? gender and cultural diversity in work groups

Timurs Umans

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    This paper empirically investigates the relationship between cultural and gender diversity and performance in groups of business students working on complex assignments. The study finds that gender diversity in student groups has a positive influence on group outcomes, while cultural diversity, irrespective of its conceptualisation, leads to negative group outcomes. Process variables such as communication, conflict and effectiveness of problem solving were found not to be influenced by demographic diversity or to have any effect on group outcomes. While the non-finding in group process investigation might be attributed to methodological difficulties, the negative influence of cultural diversity in student groups on performance indicates the further need for facilitation of coaching students in intercultural communications and cross-cultural understanding among educators.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)88-103
    Number of pages15
    JournalIssues in Educational Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Gender Studies (50902)
    • Social Sciences (5)


    • culture
    • diversity
    • education
    • gender
    • student


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