The Consequences of Educational Specialty and Nationality Faultlines for Project Teams

Yuan Jiang, Susan E. Jackson, James B. Shaw, Yunhyung Chung

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of educational specialty and nationality faultline strength on the team processes of task-relevant information sharing and social interactions and subsequent team performance using data from 308 individuals working in 50 student project teams. We found that educational specialty faultline strength negatively predicted task-relevant information sharing, and that nationality faultline strength negatively predicted off-task social interactions. Furthermore, task-relevant information sharing enhanced team performance and heightened identity salience. The theoretical and practical implications of our findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-644
Number of pages32
JournalSmall Group Research
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

Keywords

  • diversity
  • faultline
  • team

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