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Here we will collect links to articles, talks, and anything else we find inspiring or helpful in understanding diversity and cultivating inclusion.

  • Scientific American: How Diversity Makes Us Smarter
  • Academy of Management Journal 1: When and how diversity benefits teams: The importance of team members' need for cognition
  • Academy of Management Journal 2: Creating hybrid team cultures: An empirical test of transnational team functioning ("homogeneous and highly heterogeneous teams outperforming moderately heterogeneous ones in the long run")
  • Organization Science: Networks, Diversity, and Productivity: The Social Capital of Corporate R&D Teams
  • IEEE: Diversity and Software Development (this one says that it's a hard problem to model)
  • CHI 15: Gender and Tenure Diversity in GitHub Teams. ("when forming or recruiting a software team, increased gender and tenure diversity are associated with greater productivity")
  • ESEM'16: Social Diversity and Growth Levels of Open Source Software Projects on GitHub ("we study the relation between [growth] and the reported social diversities for the team members of those projects. Results: Our findings highlight a statistically significant relation; however, the effect is small")
  • ACM SIGSOFT: Why Do We Need Personality Diversity in Software Engineering? (demographic diversity leads to better generic problem solving)
  • IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering: Conceptual modeling of coincident failures in multiversion software (this one is about diversity in methodological decisions - we would have to tie this to demographic diversity)
  • Empirical Software Engineering: Empirical evidence in global software engineering, a systematic review (says that socio-cultural differences between team members are exacerbated by geographical/temporal distance "organizations try to minimize the exposure of geographical, temporal and cultural separation by requiring regular visits and synchronous work. ...it also means that successful distributed work has limitations....in order to correspond to the best practices in GSE, organizations shall either be prepared to ensure significant investments into team support (travels, communication and coordination overhead), or alternatively consider collaboration with nearshore locations")
  • LERO: A framework for considering opportunities and threats in distributed software development (provides a table with different diversity measures common to distributed teams, including socio-cultural distance, aka demographic "diversity")
  • EJISDC: Investigating Cultural Differences in Virtual Software Teams (says that global teams have special issues, geography & time make social differences worse)
  • ACM: A follow up study of the effect of personality on the performance of software engineering teams (some work on personality differences; uses MBTI)
  • Communications of the ACM: Who should work with whom?: building effective software project teams (focuses on personality differences with MBTI)
  • Information & Management: Cultural diversity and information and communication technology impacts on global virtual teams: An exploratory study ("Results suggested that cultural diversity had a positive influence on decision-making and a negative influence on communication. ...Cultural diversity influenced selection of the communication media.")
  • Journal of Management Information Systems: Team Cognition: Development and Evolution in Software Project Teams ("Gender diversity had a strong and positive effect on the development of team cognition and the effect remained stable over time.")
  • Industrial Management & Data Systems: Effect of team diversity on software project performance. Knowledge diversity (KD) is very important to team performance. Gender/demographic diversity not addressed. "(KD) significantly increases task conflict, and task conflict positively affects team performance. Project leaders can leverage the knowledge differences of members in order to achieve higher performance."