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.
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