As only very few large-scale studies have investigated multi-cultural university staff and as none of these studies have dealt with diversity and group processes, this survey was directed toward staffs in 16 science departments from three large universities in Denmark. Results based on the response from 489 university staff members showed that age diversity and cultural diversity, representing highly task-related diversity, were positively associated with most of the variables depicting group cohesiveness. On the other hand, gender diversity, illustrating less task-related diversity, seemed to have a mostly negative influence on the variables portraying group cohesiveness. Implications of these findings are discussed in detail.
International Journal of Management in Education, 2013, Vol 7, Issue 1/2, p. 163-179
university staff; demographic heterogeneity; task-related diversity; academic organisations; group cohesiveness; multi-cultural organisations; management in education