Diversity in goal-orientation, team reflexivity, and team performance

Anne Nederveen Pieterse, Daan Van Knippenberg, Wendy P. van Ginkel

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Abstract

Although recent research highlights the role of team member goalorientation in team functioning, research has neglected the effects of diversity in goalorientation. In a laboratory study with groups working on a problem-solving task, we show that diversity in learning and performanceorientation are related to decreased group performance. Moreover, we find that the effect of diversity in learning orientation is mediated by group information elaboration and the effect of diversity in performanceorientation by group efficiency. In addition, we demonstrate that teamreflexivity can counteract the negative effects of diversity in goalorientation. These results suggest that models of goal orientation in groups should incorporate the effects of diversity in goal orientation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-164
Number of pages12
JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume114
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • goal orientation
  • team performance
  • team processes
  • diversity
  • reflexivity

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