Quotation Günther, Elisabeth Anna, Humbert, Anne Laure, Meneses, Julio, Müller, Jörg. 2019. Exploring the Relationship Between Gendered Team Dynamics and academic performance. 14th Conference of the European Sociology Association. Manchester, Großbritannien, 20.08.-23.08.




This paper opens up the black-box of the often discussed gender gap in research performance. Empirical studies are largely inconclusive, with some finding evidence of a gender gap (Abramo, Cicero, & D’Angelo, 2015) while others do not (Nielsen, 2017). Meta-analyses have shown that this may be because there is no simple or linear relationship between gender diversity and performance indicators (Haas, 2010; Webber, 2001). In addition, this relationship may vary within different subject areas, or in relation to the overall working environment (especially the team). This paper thus explores this further and examines the relationship between gendered team dynamics and performance using multilevel modelling. It builds on a cross-country survey of R&D teams in Europe (H2020 GEDII project 2015-2018). The dataset provides information on 1,357 individuals, working within 159 teams. In our models, we rely on socio-demographic data (e.g. care responsibilities, experience, etc), information about the team (e.g. team climate, gender stereotypes, power disparity, etc). We also include a Gender Diversity Index, a composite indicator that considers the representation and attrition of women and men within teams along seven grounds of diversity. Performance is measured through self-reported publication output but also through outreach activities and academic governance roles. Our contribution provides a compelling snapshot of the contemporary gendered aspects in R&D teams while contributing to critical discussions on gender diversity and research performance.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Exploring the Relationship Between Gendered Team Dynamics and academic performance.
Event 14th Conference of the European Sociology Association.
Year 2019
Date 20.08.-23.08.
Country United Kingdom
Location Manchester
URL https://www.conftool.pro/esa2019/index.php?page=browseSessions&form_session=2516#paperID642


Günther, Elisabeth Anna (Former researcher)
Humbert, Anne Laure (Oxford Brookes, United Kingdom)
Meneses, Julio (IN3 – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Castelldefels, Spain)
Müller, Jörg (IN3 – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Castelldefels, Spain)
Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5417 Women´s studies, Women´s issues (Details)
5422 Feminist issues (Details)
5957 Gender studies (soical sciences) (Details)
5964 Scientific research (Details)
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