Striking a balance: The impact of balanced versus imbalanced subgroups on work team performance


Conference Paper

A longstanding controversy in research on work teams is whether teams are better off with a balanced configuration of subgroups in which there are no majorities and minorities, or an imbalanced configuration of subgroups in which majorities and minorities are both present. In a study of 326 work teams, we predict and find that the impact of majorities and minorities depends on the type of subgroup under consideration. Teams performed better when identity-based subgroups were imbalanced and knowledge-based subgroups were balanced.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Carton, AM; Cummings, JN; Evron, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

  • Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, Aom 2011

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5464/AMBPP.2011.248.a

Citation Source

  • Scopus