Lenses of Diversity in Distributed Teams

Authored by: T. C. Endsley , G. A. Macht , D. Engome Tchupo , C. Hammett , J. R. S. Brownson

Foundations and Theoretical Perspectives of Distributed Team Cognition

Print publication date:  September  2020
Online publication date:  September  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138625549
eBook ISBN: 9780429459795
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Teams are used in a variety of situations, for various purposes, and can be comprised of human and non-human members. Teams of highly diverse composition are quickly becoming the norm with human operations in many domains. Team diversity has been touted as both being the “holy grail” of team performance and its potential downfall. The reality is, however, more complex. Team diversity can manifest itself in several ways, each of which has its own effects on team performance. The aim of this chapter is to explore these different factors (i.e., culture, race and ethnicity, cognitive styles, and personalities) that account for team diversity as well as the influence these different factors have on teams in general and distributed teams specifically. These areas were selected as emerging topics that advance and complement the current literature which is primarily on using individual factors or attributes as structural influences on teams.

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