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Diversity in Teams: Source of Conflict or Source of Creativity? Investigating Hidden Mental Models


  • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

    () (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Research Group Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Austria)


The workforce in organizations today is becoming increasingly diverse. Consequently the role of diversity management is heavily discussed with respect to the question how diversity influences the productivity of a group. Empirical studies show that on one hand there is a potential for increasing productivity but on the other hand it might be as well that conflicts arise due to the heterogeneity of the group. Usually according empirical studies are based on interviews, questionnaires and/or observations. These methods imply that answers are highly selective and filtered. In order to make the invisible visible, to have access to mental models of team members the paper will present an empirical study on the self-understanding of groups based on an innovative research method, called “mind-scripting”.

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  • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, 2005. "Diversity in Teams: Source of Conflict or Source of Creativity? Investigating Hidden Mental Models," Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, vol. 1(1), pages 37-43, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ieu:journl:v:1:y:2005:i:1:p:37-43

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