The Impact of Gender Diversity on the Performance of Business Teams: Evidence from a Field Experiment
AbstractThis paper reports on a field experiment conducted to estimate the impact of the share of women in business teams on their performance. Teams consisting of undergraduate students in business studies start up a venture as part of their curriculum. We manipulated the gender composition of teams and assigned students randomly to teams, conditional on their gender. We find that teams with an equal gender mix perform better than male-dominated teams in terms of sales and profits. We explore various mechanisms suggested in the literature to explain this positive effect of gender diversity on performance (including complementarities, learning, monitoring, and conflicts) but find no support for them. The paper was accepted for publication in Management Science .
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Date of creation: 11 Apr 2011
Date of revision: 01 May 2014
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Gender diversity; team performance; entrepreneurship; field experiment; entrepreneurship education; board effectiveness;
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- M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
- C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
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