Structural versus individual perspectives on the dynamics of group perfomance: Theoretical exploration and empirical investigation

Zhiang Lin, Haibin Yang, Bindu Arya, Zhi Huang, Dan Li

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Abstract

This study contrasts the structural perspective with the individual perspective in explaining group performance in a dynamic setting. The authors argue that these perspectives are not mutually exclusive but have different predictive powers at different group stages. Results from 45 project groups show (a) group structures provide stronger performance predictions at the later stage, whereas individual-based attributes do so at the earlier stage, and (b) different group structures and individual-based attributes provide distinctive insights at respective stages. This indicates the need to explore the potential bridge between the two perspectives in advancing group studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-380
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Management
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The original data collection was supported by grants from the Administration on Aging (#90-A-644) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA 5-POl-AG00123

Keywords

  • Group dynamics
  • Group performance
  • Group structures
  • Individual perspective
  • Individual-based attributes
  • Structural perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management

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