Relating member ability and personality to work-team processes and team effectiveness

  • Barrick M
  • Neubert M
  • Mount M
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Abstract

Six hundred fifty-two employees composing 51 work teams participated in a study exam- ining relationships among team composition (ability and personality), team process (social cohesion), and team outcomes (team viability and team performance). Mean, variance, minimum, and maximum were 4 scoring methods used to operationalize the team composition variables to capture the team members' characteristics. With respect to composition variables, teams higher in general mental ability (GMA), conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, and emotional stability received higher supervisor ratings for team performance. Teams higher in GMA, extraversion, and emotional stability received higher supervisor ratings for team viability. Results also show that extraversion and emotional stability were associated with team viability through social cohesion. Implica- tions and future research needs are discussed. The

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Authors

  • Murray R. Barrick

  • Mitchell J. Neubert

  • Michael K. Mount

  • Greg L. Stewart

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