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New Publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior

12.04.2022

We are happy to announce that the paper "Gender Diversity and Team Performance Under Time Pressure: The Role of Team Withdrawal and Information Elaboration" by Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney, Prof. Dr. Stefan Razinskas, Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiss, and Prof. Dr. Martin Hoegl has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Abstract

Findings in the extant literature are mixed concerning when and how gender diversity benefits team performance. We develop and test a model that posits that gender-diverse teams outperform gender-homogeneous teams when perceived time pressure is low, whereas the opposite is the case when perceived time pressure is high. Drawing on the Categorization-Elaboration Model (CEM; van Knippenberg, De Dreu, & Homan, 2004), we begin with the assumption that information elaboration is the process whereby gender diversity fosters positive effects on team performance. However, also in line with the CEM, we argue that this process can be disrupted by adverse team dynamics. Specifically, we argue that as time pressure increases, higher gender diversity leads to more team withdrawal, which, in turn, moderates the positive indirect effect of gender diversity on team performance via information elaboration such that this effect becomes weaker as team withdrawal increases. In an experimental study of 142 four-person teams, we found support for this model that explains why perceived time pressure affects the performance of gender-diverse teams more negatively than that of gender-homogeneous teams. Our study sheds new light on when and how gender diversity can become either an asset or a liability for team performance.

Keywords: Gender diversity; perceived time pressure; team withdrawal; information elaboration; team performance