Some studies in the past have suggested that having diverse disciplines in teams can actually be a drawback, particularly if the team fragments into cliques.
New research by Doris Fay at Aston University suggests that diverse teams do actually come up with more innovations – but the quality of those innovations is dependent on effective group processes being in place, including: all team members being committed to the same cause; everyone
in the team being listened to; the team reflecting on its own
effectiveness; and there being plenty of contact between team members.
Research reported in the BPS Research Digest blog (recommended!)
If you would like some tips on effective group processes for your team, download our Checklist For An Emotionally Intelligent Team.