BRIAN DOORNENBAL

Doornenbal_Brian_2DOCTORAL CANDIDATE
Brian M. Doornenbal

RESEARCH TRACK
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

SUPERVISOR TEAM
Prof. dr. Paul G.W. Jansen
Dr. Claartje J. Vinkenburg
Dr. Anne Nederveen Pieterse
Dr. Bart A. De Jong

CONTACT  b.m.doornenbal@vu.nl

THE DIVERSITY-PERFORMANCE RELATIONSHIP

How and when is workgroup diversity related to performance? Globalization and growing work complexity has been given rise to the amount of diverse workgroups. Hence, managing diverse workgroups has been becoming of greater importance for organizations.

In managing diversity, we are facing a paradox. On the one hand, diversity within organizations can enhance performance; for example because a larger variety of knowledge, experience, and (cultural) attitudes can make an organization more creative. On the other hand, diversity within organizations can be detrimental for performance; for example when diversity result in relational conflicts.

Brian’s research is focused on the paradoxical nature of the diversity-performance relationship. The aim of his studies is to increase our understanding of how and when workgroup diversity is related to performance.

KEYWORDS:

Teams, workgroups, diversity, diversity conceptualizations, knowledge management, diversity beliefs, personality, leadership, status, trust, conflict, creativity, and innovation.