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Goal Orientation: Helping Team Performance or My Own Performance?

We are the few, the proud, the performance-prove goal oriented! True, we have a slightly cumbersome name, but don’t let that fool you. We seek to achieve, to demonstrate our mastery, and to make sure everyone knows how much better than you we are. But starting today, we are on your work team. Will we help your team achieve success, or will we be too caught up in competing with you for personal glory?

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Workforce Diversity: Does Diversity Training Improve Creativity?

Companies talk all the time about the incredible value of diversity in driving innovation and creativity, yet the research tells us it’s not quite so clear-cut. Most companies already utilize some form of diversity training to try to get the most out of their diverse workforces, but even that is no guarantee of success. New research looks at the effectiveness of diversity training, and shows us the conditions in which it should—and shouldn’t—be used.

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How to Make Meetings Productive: The Role of Employee Participation

Whatever your field of work, you probably have to go to meetings. And no, they are not usually something to look forward to. It’s likely this is the case because they aren’t always productive or even necessary, yet we still continue to have them. So how can we use meetings to actually improve workplace outcomes, and leave employees feeling good? New research highlights the importance of employee participation.

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Climate Uniformity: A New Concept with Important Organizational Outcomes

Organizational climate can be a tricky subject, especially when there are multiple distinct opinions about the quality of a workplace. So what happens when some employees feel organizational support and other employees don’t? Poor communication, heightened task-conflict, and poor performance can occur.

Fix the Negative Relationships that Affect Team Performance

How to Fix the Negative Relationships that Affect Team Performance

Teams are used by all organizations, but they can be hurt by negative relationships that occur between team members. New research has found that organizations can encourage team members to support each other, and also design work so that team members rely on each other. These can help mitigate the negative effects caused by negative relationships.

Is It Lonely At the Top? The Victimization of High Performers

High Performers are defined as the group of talented employees that typically increase both team and organizational performance. Past research has shown that High Performers are likely to be victimized in the workplace by other organizational members. A new study attempts to explain the victimization of High Performers by examining the role of envy and work group identification.

Teamwork- How Team Personality Influences Individual Behaviors

Teamwork is often an unavoidable necessity in most workplaces, and crucial for productivity and competitiveness. A new study examines how team personality traits such as extroversion and agreeableness ultimately influenced individuals’ helping behaviors. Groups who ranked high on extroversion seemed to adopt cooperative norms, which influenced individual behaviors, whereas agreeableness seemed to impact only individual helping.

Successful Leadership for Virtual Teams: Strategies to Increase Performance

Virtual teams are becoming increasingly necessary as work teams interact across geographical lines and cultures. Established models of leadership are much harder in this context, but various solutions may help counter the difficulty of leadership for virtual teams. New research shows that shared leadership and supplemental structural supports may help enhance performance.

How to Create Successful Work Teams

Teamwork is essential to organizational success. But assembling a team that can work together effectively can make all the difference in whether a given project succeeds or fails. A new study suggests members’ individual needs play a significant role in intragroup conflict, and should be strongly considered when putting a work team together.

How Power Distance Agreement Improves Performance in the Workplace

Every leader has a different style, from unilateral to more democratic decision-making. But a new study suggests that, as long as supervisors and employees agree on the Power Distance (or disparity in control) between them, it can have positive benefits on workplace performance.

When Powerful Leaders Hinder Team Performance

Have you ever had a boss you would swear called meetings just to hear the sound of their own voice? Some leaders are powerful and know it. Unfortunately, this sense of power can give leaders bad habits, such as always talking and never listening. A new study outlines a few simple steps to keep these powerful presences in your organization from hampering team performance and impeding communication.

Empowering Leaders vs. Directive Leaders: Which is more effective?

We all know that there are directive leaders and empowering leaders. Some give their employees a clear outline of exactly what should be done this month, this week, even day to day. Other leader create an environment in which employees are empowered to make more decisions and take on more leadership. Is one better?

Negotiating as a Team or Alone: Which is more effective?

The days of single country business teams are fast falling behind us. In the modern global marketplace most successful companies are multi-national. A negotiating team may consist of members from many countries, or even many continents. So, how does that affect negotiating style? Is negotiating as a team more effective? A new study suggests that based on the culture of the negotiators different tactics are more effective.

Holding Leaders Accountable: Does it Work?

The authors examined accountability and how leader behavior is more likely to benefit a team when the leader’s characteristics are noticeably different from the characteristics of the group. However, findings indicate when a leader’s characteristics are similar to the group’s characteristics, accountability for actions has little effect on whether or not leaders will actually engage in team-benefiting behavior.

With OCBs and Justice For All (IO Psychology)

Topic: Organizational Justice, Teams, Citizenship Behavior, Performance Appraisal Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (NOV 2012) Article: Examining Retaliatory Responses to Justice Violations and Recovery Attempts in Teams Authors: J.S. Christian, M.S. Christian, A.S. Garza, A.P.J. Ellis Reviewed By: Ben Sher Should managers deal fairly with their employees? Well yes, of

Can’t we just get along? Team personality and conflict (IO Psychology)

Topics: Teams, Personality, Selection Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (SEP 2012) Article: Ready to rumble: How team personality composition and task conflict interact to improve performance. Authors: Bret H. Bradley, Anthony C. Klotz, Bennett E. Postlethwaite, & Kenneth G. Brown Reviewed By: Aaron Manier Team members need to get along

Creativity is More Than Thinking Outside the Box (IO Psychology)

Topic: Teams, Creativity Publication: Academy of Management Journal Article: Cognitive team diversity and individual team member creativity: A cross-level interaction Authors: S. J. Shin, T.-Y. Kim, J.-Y. Lee, & L. Bian Reviewed By: Katie Bachman A creative team is a joy to own. But how can an organization ensure that

Team Intimacy and Organizational Interventions: Emphasizing Team Cohesion May be More Effective (IO Psychology)

Topic: Teams, Development Publication: Human Resource Management Review (JUN 2012) Article: Too Close for Comfort? Distinguishing Between Team Intimacy and Team Cohesion Authors: Rosh, L., Offermann, L. R., & Van Diest, R. Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada Within IO psychology, research on teams has become increasingly important in recent years. As

When Does Conflict Improve Team Performance? (IO Psychology)

Topic: Teams, Conflict, Culture, Performance Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JAN 2012) Article: Reaping the Benefits of Task Conflict in Teams: The Critical Role of Team Psychological Safety Climate Authors: B.H. Bradley, B.E. Postlethwaite, A.C. Klotz, M.R. Hamdani, K.G. Brown Reviewed By: Ben Sher There’s a battle in the meeting

Goals for Groups (IO Psychology)

Topic: Goals, Teams, Job Performance Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (NOV 2011) Article: The Effect of Goal Setting on Group Performance: A Meta-Analysis Authors: A. Kleingeld, H. van Mierlo, L. Arends Reviewed By: Ben Sher He shoots, he scores! No, not those kind of goals. We’re talking about workplace goals—the

Tension at the Top: Why Women at the Executive Level May Not Welcome Other Women to the Club

Topic: Evidence-Based Management, Teams Publication: Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes (SEP 2011) Article: Female Tokens in High-Prestige Work Groups: Catalysts or Inhibitors of Group Diversification? Authors: Duguid, M. Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada Workplace diversity is a goal that many (and hopefully most or all) organizations aspire to. In recent

How Leaders Sharing Organizational Values Boosts Team Performance

Topic: Leadership, Teams, I/O Psychology Publication: Academy of Management Journal Article: Person-Organization Value Congruence: How Transformational Leaders Influence Work Group Effectiveness Authors: Hoffman, B.J., Bynum, B.H., Piccolo, R.F., & Sutton, A.W. Reviewer: Neil Morelli Why is it that some leaders or managers are adept at “rallying the troops” while some

Trust in the leader is important for team performance

Topic: Leadership, Teams Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JUL 2011) Article: Cognition-based and affect-based trust as mediators of leader behavior influences on team performance Authors: Schaubroeck, J., Lam, S. S. K., & Peng, A. C. Reviewed by: Alexandra Rechlin Little research has explored the role that trust in the leader

There to Serve: Servant Leadership and Team Success

Topic: Leadership, Teams
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (JUL 2011)
Article: Antecedents of Team Potency and Team Effectiveness: An Examination of Goal and Process Clarity and Servant Leadership
Authors: Hu, J. & Liden, R. C.
Reviewed By: Thaddeus Rada

Is Bureaucracy Bad for Creativity? That Depends on You

Topic: Creativity, Strategic HR, Teams
Publication: Academy of Management Journal
Article: How does bureaucracy impact individual creativity? A cross-level investigation of team contextual influences on goal orientation-creativity relationships
Authors: Giles Hirst, Daan Van Knippenberg, Chin-Hui Chen, & Claudia A. Sacramento
Reviewed By: Katie Bachman

Do We Have Organizational Support? Let’s Not Agree to Disagree

Topic: Teams, Job Performance
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (MAY 2011)
Article: When Managers and Their Teams Disagree: A Longitudinal Look at the
Consequences of Differences in Perceptions of Organizational Support
Author: M.R. Bashshur, A. Hernandez, V. Gonzalez-Roma
Reviewed By: Ben Sher

Teams Behaving Badly: A Combination of the People and the Environment

Topic: Ethics, Teams, Decision Making
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (MAR 2011)
Article: Thick as Thieves: The Effects of Ethical Orientation and Psychological
Safety on Unethical Team Behavior
Authors: M.J. Pearsall & A.P. Ellis
Reviewed By: Ben Sher

Time for Teamwork: When Aspects of Collectivism are Most Beneficial

Topic: Goals, Job Performance, Teams
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (March, 2011)
Article: The power of “we”: effects of psychological collectivism on team
performance over time
Authors: Erich C. Dierdorff, Suzanne T. Bell, and James A. Belohlav
Reviewed By: Allison B. Siminovsky

Group Job Satisfaction Determined by the Emotional Intelligence of Its Leader

Topic: Leadership, Teams, Emotional Intelligence, Job Satisfaction
Publication: Small Group Research (JAN 2011)
Article: Managers’ Trait Emotional Intelligence and Group Outcomes: The Case of Group Job Satisfaction
Authors: L. Zampetakis & V. Moustakis
Reviewed By: Allison B. Siminovsky

Who Leads Diverse Teams to Less (More) Conflict?

Topic: Conflict, Diversity, Teams
Publication: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (JAN 2011)
Article: When team members’ values differ: The moderating role of team leadership
Authors: K.J. Klein, A.P., Knight, J.C. Ziegert, B.C., Lim, and J.L., Saltz
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger

Maximizing the Benefits of Autonomy in Teams

Topic: Job Design, Teams, Performance
Publication: Journal of Organizational Behavior
Article: The impact of autonomy and task uncertainty on team performance: A longitudinal field study (FEB 2010)
Author: J. L. Cordery, D. Morrison, B. M. Wright, & T. D. Wall
Reviewed by: Sarah Teague

Want teamwork? Then get pride – with fair treatment and leaders who demonstrate the right values

Topic: Fairness, Leadership, Teams
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology 95(6)
Article: Cooperating when “you” and “I” are treated fairly: The moderating role of leader prototypicality
Authors: David De Cremer, Marius van Dijke, and David M. Mayer
Reviewed By: Bobby Bullock

Minority Opinions: A Vital Role in Team Success

Topic: Teams, Decision Making
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (SEP 2010)
Article: A Multilevel Model of Minority Opinion Expression and Team Decision-Making Effectiveness
Authors: G. Park, R.P. DeShon
Reviewed By: Ben Sher

I’ll Have What She’s Having … An Explanation for Inaccurate Group Decisions

Topic: Decision Making
Publication: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Article: Knowing others’ preferences degrades the quality of group decisions (MAY 2010)
Author: A. Mojzisch, S. Schulz-Hardt
Reviewed by: Sarah Teague

To Give Is To Get In Work Teams

Topic: Goals, Performance, Teams
Publication: Human Performance
Article: What you do for your team comes back to you: A cross-level investigation of individual goal specification, team-goal clarity, and individual performance
Authors: S. Sonnentag and J. Volmer
Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger

Hands-on practice increases creativity in teams

Topic: Creativity, Teams
Publication: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (MAR 2010)
Article: First, get your feet wet: The effects of learning from direct and indirect experience on team creativity
Authors: F. Gino, L. Argote, E. Miron-Spektor, G. Todorova
Reviewed By: Jared Ferrell

Why Work Group Satisfaction Matters

Topic: Employee Satisfaction, Job Performance, Teams Publication: Personnel Psychology (SPRING 2010) Article: Satisfaction, citizenship behaviors, and performance in work units: A meta-analysis of collective construct relations Authors: D.S. Whitman, D.L. van Rooy, and C. Viswesvaran Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger The happy worker is the productive worker, right?  Not necessarily.  Indeed,

Key to Good Boss-Employee Relationships: First Impressions and Then Performance

Topic: Leadership, Personality, Performance Publication: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (MAR 2009) Article: The development of leader–member exchanges: Exploring how personality and performance influence leader and member relationships over time. Authors: Nahrgang, J.D., Morgeson, F.P., and Ilies, R. Reviewed By: Samantha Paustian-Underdahl The relationships that form between leaders and their

Does Size Matter . . . In Workgroup Effectiveness?

Topic: Teams Publication:  Small Group Research Article: Group size, group development, and group productivity. Author: S.A. Wheelan Featured by:  Lit Digger When it comes to workgroup teams, YES! You have already probably noticed that working in larger groups often means less cohesiveness and less participation from group members, and often the opportunity for more free-riding.  But have you ever wondered if group size matters?

Beware of trait dominance in groups: Those people may be full of hot air!

Topic: Personality, Teams Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology Article: Why do dominant personalities attain influence in face-to-face groups? The competence-signaling effects of trait dominance.). Why do dominant personalities attain influence in face-to-face groups? The competence-signaling effects of trait dominance. Author: C. Anderson, G. Kilduff Featured by: LitDigger While attitudes towards group projects run the

Arranging the Top Dogs for Maximum Effectiveness

Topic: Teams, Organizational Performance Publication: The Academy of Management Journal Article: Top management team functional background diversity and firm performance. Blogger: Benjamin Granger A key factor that can have a direct effect on an organization’s overall performance is the composition of its top managers.  Teams of top leaders are commonly referred to as top management teams (TMT), and researchers have investigated how various aspects of an organization’s TMT effect

Before You Give Me A Hand, Be Sure I Need It

Topic: Teams Publication: The Journal of Applied Psychology (2008) Article: Harmful help: the costs of backing-up behavior in teams. Blogger: Rob Stilson Warning! The findings of this study have the potential to blow your mind if you follow research on teams. OK, maybe not “The Matrix blow your mind,” but I