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From the first paper:

>This study has four limitations. First, the sample comprised students only working within fictitious enterprises in hypothetical industries and, as such, may not represent what actually happens in reality.

>Second, the sample size was smaller than ideal.

>Third, ethnic minorities were not identified among group members ... non-European individuals were present, but comprised less than 10% of the total sample.

>Finally, no all-women groups were included within the study.

>The use of student subjects is problematic, however, they remain one of the few sets of participants who are readily accessible

And regarding the second study, I have no idea what that concluding sentence even means. Because in the discussion, the authors state:

>As expected the task was oriented toward males. Consequently, as the male gender ratio increased, decision quality improved. However, the lone-female teams outperformed the all-male teams.

Further the study is based on asking groups of undergraduates to carry out the winter survival task (i.e. if your plane crashed in a forest, rank these 12 items in order of importance for survival). It is beyond ridiculous to extrapolate anything from these results and apply it to group productivity in extremely technical professional fields.




Please feel free to cite studies with better methodologies! I merely cited what I found on a cursory search. I entirely agree that the methodology of the studies is limiting, however at the moment, the only evidence I've discovered points towards the position you made the following assertion about:

> We all know that you can't provide any evidence to back this up. What is your agenda? Why do you think we are stupid?

The assertion you made is that there was no evidence to support pencilcode's assertion that gender diverse teams perform better. I believe this assertion is false, the top results of a cursory search that I made out of curiosity provided evidence which supported pencilcode's position.

However, I of course agree that two papers is hardly conclusive, so feel free to cite more studies if you want to start wading into the pool of evidence available to us on this topic.


"working within fictitious enterprises in hypothetical industries"

They could have as well written "In a galaxy far far away...."




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