Study by Ernst & Young Germany shows success of mixed-gender groups

Study by Ernst & Young Germany shows success of mixed-gender groups

Research in the USA has shown that mixed-gender groups are more successful and that it’s the mix that’s more important than how intelligent the group members are. Not only that, the more women in the team, the better it is. Other experiments have shown that typically female strengths, such as social awareness and communication, improve performance in the group.

And so this study by Ernst & Young should come as no surprise. Among its findings is that, in the period from 2005 to 2010, companies with female board members performed better for all indicators than those without. The gap is particularly large for turnover and profits. What’s new – and particularly satisfying – is that the study provides empirical proof for German and other European firms.

EWMD is in favour of a gender quota. It’s not just about women. Where men are in a minority, there should be more of them, too. A similar principle applies to companies active internationally. They would have problems if all of their team members had the same nationality.

Token women – or men – are not enough either. Studies have shown that if the minority is smaller than 30 per cent, its members will fit in with the majority. In Germany, where we’ve got a lot of catching up to do, things are now changing. The question is whether they’re changing fast enough, given the urgency of the challenge.

You can read the Ernst & Young analysis (Published in German): “Mixed Leadership - Gemischte Führungsteams und ihr Einfluss auf die Unternehmensperformance“ here: www.de.ey.com/DE/de/Newsroom/News-releases/20120118-Kernergebnisse-der-Analyse-Mixed-Leadership

 

 

Author

Kris Hauf