Work group diversity

Annu Rev Psychol. 2007:58:515-41. doi: 10.1146/annurev.psych.58.110405.085546.


Work group diversity, the degree to which there are differences between group members, may affect group process and performance positively as well as negatively. Much is still unclear about the effects of diversity, however. We review the 1997-2005 literature on work group diversity to assess the state of the art and to identify key issues for future research. This review points to the need for more complex conceptualizations of diversity, as well as to the need for more empirical attention to the processes that are assumed to underlie the effects of diversity on group process and performance and to the contingency factors of these processes.

MeSH terms

  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Decision Making, Organizational
  • Employment / psychology*
  • Group Processes*
  • Group Structure*
  • Humans
  • Individuality*
  • Institutional Management Teams
  • Leadership