Interdependence and controversy in group decision making : antecedents to effective self-managing teams

Steve ALPER, Dean William TJOSVOLD, S., Kenneth LAW

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    Abstract

    Self-managing teams have the challenge to make decisions regarding their tasks and to manage their internal affairs. Findings on 60 self-managing teams with 540 employees indicate that the theory of cooperation and competition is useful for identifying the social processes that help these teams grapple with problems and work effectively. Specifically, teams with highly cooperative goals were found to discuss their opposing views open-mindedly and constructively which in turn developed confidence in team dynamics that contributed to effective team performance. Competitive goals appeared to interfere with constructive controversy, confidence, and effectiveness. Findings were interpreted as suggesting that structuring cooperative goals and constructive controversy can help self-managing teams gain confidence and work productively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-52
    Number of pages20
    JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
    Volume74
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

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    In: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 74, No. 1, 01.01.1998, p. 33-52.

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

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