Diversity and Team Composition

Diversity and Team Composition


Diverse preferences impact how people apply their skills and backgrounds in a team.



In research on the paradox of diversity management, creativity, and innovation, Nigel Bassett-Jones suggests that when determining team composition, managers should consider a person's individual preferences, including preferred working style, tasks, and roles; attitudes toward risk; and orientation toward inclusiveness. All these factors impact how an individual is likely to apply his or her background, skills, and experiences to the functioning of a diverse team.

He also notes that teams with a collectivist orientation have a higher likelihood of successfully tapping into the diversity within a team to generate ideas that can produce positive performance outcomes.




Bassett-Jones, Nigel, The Paradox of Diversity Management, Creativity and Innovation, Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2005, pp., 169-175.