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
Date Written: April 1, 2009
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
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