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Homogeneous teams may perform better due to similarities in experience and thought, while heterogeneous teams may perform better due to diversity and greater ability to take on multiple roles. (1)
Most teams contain a blend of technical, operational, negotiation, and creative skill sets. The requirement to be cross-functional with finance, technology, marketing, operations, and other perspectives seems to stack the team for outcomes. The challenge is to get timely synergy to ensure results.
(1) Mello, Antonio S., and Martin E. Ruckes. “Team Composition*.” The Journal of Business 79.3 (2006): 1019-1039.