Managing the Double-Edged Sword of Diversity

On January 11th, 2012 Prof. Dr. Daan van Knippenberg (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam) will give a lecture on the topic "Managing the Double-Edged Sword of Diversity". The lecture is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time.

Past event — 11 January 2012

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Prof. Dr. Daan van Knippenberg


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam


As organizations and societies are growing more diverse, the management of diversity at work also gains in importance. Yet, our understanding of diversity’s effects seems to be lagging behind these developments somewhat, and accordingly so does our understanding of how to manage these effects in practice. In this talk, I take stock of what we know about the effects of diversity from academic research and how this speaks to the management of diversity in organizations. In doing so, I outline how diversity is a double-edged sword with both the potential to bring value-added to teams and organizations and the potential to disrupt team and organizational functioning. Accordingly, effective management of diversity requires that we speak to both the beneficial and to the disruptive side of diversity. In these respects, building on the current state of the science, I discuss the role of leadership and organizational climate. 


Daan van Knippenberg is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and founder and Director of the Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies. He has published over 140 scholarly articles, books, and book chapters, many of which revolve around his key research interests in leadership and teams. His years of experience in the study of leadership and teams are also translated into his executive education activities at the Rotterdam School of Management as well as in consulting for a variety of organizations. Daan van Knippenberg is founding editor of Organizational Psychology Review, associate editor of Journal of Organizational Behavior, and co-founder and co-organizer of the New Directions in Leadership Research conference organized by Duke University, Erasmus University, INSEAD, and The Wharton School. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  

To register please send an email to: beate.linnenberg(at)

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