Group work and cognitive style: a discursive investigation

Vincenza Priola, John L. Smith, Steven J. Armstrong

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This article investigates the relationship between work-group members’ cognitive style (as measured by Allinson and Hayes’s Cognitive Style Index), the group’s task and setting, and the way in which group members behave in the group. Behavior of a homogeneous analytic, a homogeneous intuitive, and a heterogeneous group was observed in a mechanistic setting and analyzed using discourse analysis. This study is discussed in light of a previous study in which homogeneous analytic and homogeneous intuitive groups worked in an organic setting. These two studies use different methodologies (quantitative approach versus qualitativediscursive). The benefits of methodological eclecticism are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-595
Number of pages31
JournalSmall group research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


  • group work
  • teamworkgroup processes
  • cognitive style
  • multiple paradigms


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