The Effect from National Diversity on Team Production - Empirical Evidence from the Sports Industry

Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 61, pp. 225-246, April 2009

23 Pages Posted: 22 May 2009

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Leif Brandes

University of Lucerne

Egon P. Franck

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Philipp Theiler

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

We analyze the effect of national diversity on sports team performance. Due to language barriers, we expect the team’s productivity to decrease with the number of nationalities, but that the introduction of further nations and further aspects of different cultures might lead to additional skills within the team. We test our hypothesis on a seasonal individual team basis. We do not find that national diversity among team members significantly influences a team’s performance. However, we find that the influence of national diversity on team performance depends on the nature of the underlying task.

Keywords: Diversity, Nationality, Sports Industry, Team Performance

JEL Classification: C12, C23, J21

Suggested Citation

Brandes, Leif and Franck, Egon P. and Theiler, Philipp, The Effect from National Diversity on Team Production - Empirical Evidence from the Sports Industry (April 1, 2009). Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 61, pp. 225-246, April 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1406933

Leif Brandes (Contact Author)

University of Lucerne ( email )

Lucerne
Switzerland

Egon P. Franck

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW) ( email )

Plattenstrasse 14
Zurich 8032
Switzerland
+41 1 634 28 45 (Phone)

Philipp Theiler

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW) ( email )

Hottingerstrasse 10
Plattenstrasse 14
Zurich, 8032
Switzerland

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