Team Diversity Training: Effects and Contingency Factors

Diversity in teams is a double-edged sword. Differences in nationality, gender, education, and other characteristics can boost team creativity, decision-making quality, and performance quality given the broadened pool of resources it entails. However, differences among team members may also lead to subgroups and conflict, undermining team functioning. Diversity thus requires active diversity management.

While diversity training promises to help manage diversity, it is not always effective. We examine under which conditions diversity training benefits team success.


This line of research is being pursued in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Astrid Homan, University of Amsterdam, and the practice partners Ahold-Delhaize and

Selected Publications:

  • Homan, A.C., Gündemir, S., Buengeler, C., & Van Kleef, G. (2020). Leading diversity: Towards a theory of functional leadership in diverse teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 105(10), 1101-1128. doi:10.1037/apl0000482
  • Meinecke, A. L., Hemshorn de Sanchez, C. S., Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., & Buengeler, C. (2019). Using state space grids for modelling temporal team dynamics. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, article 863. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00863
  • Buengeler, C., Leroy, H., & de Stobbeleir, K. (2018). How leaders shape the impact of HR’s diversity practices on employee inclusion. Human Resource Management Review, 28(3), 289-303. doi:10.1016/j.hrmr.2018.02.005
  • Gebert, D., Buengeler, C., & Heinitz, K. (2017). Tolerance: A neglected dimension in diversity training? Academy of Management Learning & Education, 1(16), 3415-3438. doi:10.5465/amle.2015.0252
  • Buengeler, C., & den Hartog, D. N. (2015). National diversity and team performance: The moderating role of interactional justice climate. International Journal of Human Resource Management26(6), 831-855. doi:10.1080/09585192.2014.991345
  • Homan, A. C., Buengeler, C., Eckhoff, R. A., van Ginkel, W. P., & Voelpel, S. C. (2015). The interplay of diversity training and diversity beliefs on team creativity in nationality diverse teams. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100(5), 1456-1467. doi: 10.1037/apl0000013
  • Buengeler, C., & Homan, A. C. (2015). Diversity in Teams: was macht diverse Teams erfolgreich? In P. Genkova, & T. Ringeisen (Eds.), Handbuch Diversity Kompetenz: Perspektiven und Anwendungsfelder (Springer NachschlageWissen). Wiesbaden: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-08003-7_39-1