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Coordination failure: A temporal perspective on group diversity

Kannan, S; Harvey, S; Peterson, RS; (2016) Coordination failure: A temporal perspective on group diversity. The Academy of Management Annals , 10 (1) pp. 453-493. 10.1080/19416520.2016.1120973. Green open access

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Abstract

The existing literature on diverse teams suggests that diversity is both helpful to teams in making more information available and encouraging creativity and damaging to teams in reducing cohesion and information sharing. Thus the extant literature suggests that diversity within teams is a double-edged sword that leads to both positive and negative effects simultaneously. This literature has not, however, fully embraced the increasing calls in the broader groups literature to take account of time in understanding how groups function (e.g., Cronin, Weingart, & Todorova, 2011). We review the literature on diverse teams employing this lens to develop a dynamic perspective that takes account of the timing and flow of diversity's effects. Our review suggests that diversity in groups has different short-term and long-term effects in ways that are not fully captured by the dominant double-edged sword metaphor. We identify an emerging perspective that suggests a tropical depression metaphor—that has the potential, over time, to develop either into a dangerous hurricane or diffuse into a rainstorm that gives way to sunshine, as more apt to capture the dynamic effects of diversity in teams. We conclude by outlining an agenda for redirecting future research on diverse teams using this more dynamic perspective.

Type: Article
Title: Coordination failure: A temporal perspective on group diversity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19416520.2016.1120973
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19416520.2016.1120973
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Academy of Management Annals on 27th January 2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19416520.2016.1120973
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1451908
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