This study examines the effect of diversity in the technology industry across different technical job functions and the possible moderating factors. One-on-one interviews were conducted with 16 participants who have different demographic characteristics and different job roles across multiple companies in the United States. It was found that about two-thirds of participants do not perceive diversity as having any positive or negative impact on the outcomes of work teams. The other participants believe that there are positive effects, but it is inconclusive when it comes to whether certain types of diversity result in better team outcomes. The results also reflect how one’s job function might affect his or her view on the effect of diversity. The study findings and their implications may be useful to practitioners working on DEI initiatives in the technology industry.

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High technology industries--United States; Diversity in the workplace; Teams in the workplace

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Graziadio Business School



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Gary Mangiofico

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