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


  • Leif Brandes
  • Egon Franck
  • Philipp Theiler


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.

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  • Leif Brandes & Egon Franck & Philipp Theiler, 2009. "The Effect from National Diversity on Team Production – Empirical Evidence from the Sports Industry," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 61(2), pages 225-246, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:61:y:2009:i:2:p:225-246

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    Corporate Venture Capital; Dynamic Social Network Perspective; Innovation Generation; Knowledge Broker; Knowledge Transfer and Creation;

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    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure


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