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Leadership Feb 2, 2015

See How the Right Diver­si­ty of Skills Can Help Your Team

Mix and match NBA line­ups with this infographic.

Based on the research of

Edward (Ned) Smith

Yuan Hou

Rebekka Takamizu and Melissa Roadman
Open Infographic

How much diver­si­ty of skills do you want on your team? That’s the ques­tion the Kel­logg School’s Ned Smith and coau­thor Yuan Hou sought to answer when ana­lyz­ing NBA data. They looked specif­i­cal­ly at the diver­si­ty of col­lege con­fer­ences from which play­ers came as a proxy for play­ing style.

Smith, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of man­age­ment and orga­ni­za­tions, found that teams that had a large diver­si­ty of play­ing styles among their top-tier play­ers and also had the same diverse com­po­si­tion of styles among their bench play­ers won more games. (They defined top-tier play­ers as those who played more than 1,800 min­utes a sea­son, or about 22 min­utes a game.)

This info­graph­ic uses NBA data from 1986 – 2008, exclud­ing the 1998 sea­son that was cut short by a strike. For read­ers who know your NBA his­to­ry, note that the team list­ed as the New Orleans Hor­nets (now the Pel­i­cans) includes data from when the team was in Charlotte.

You can read the full Insight arti­cle on Smith’s research here.

Featured Faculty

Edward (Ned) Smith

Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Associate Professor of Sociology (Weinberg College, courtesy)

About the Research

Smith, Edward (Ned), and Yuan Hou. “Redundant Heterogeneity and Group Performance.” Organization Science. In press.

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