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Emergent Power Hierarchies and Group Performance
Type of publication: Journal paper
Citation: Frauendorfer_IJOP_2014
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Journal of Psychology
Volume: 50
Number: 5
Year: 2015
Month: October
Pages: 392–396
Note: Published online: 7 OCT 2014
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com...
DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12102
Abstract: In newly formed groups, informal hierarchies emerge automatically and readily. In this study, we argue that emergent group hierarchies enhance group performance (Hypothesis 1) and we assume that the more the power hierarchy within a group corresponds to the task-competence differences of the individual group members, the better the group performs (Hypothesis 2). Twelve three-person groups and 28 four-person groups were investigated while solving the Winter Survival Task. Results show that emerging power hierarchies positively impact group performance but the alignment between task-competence and power hierarchy did not affect group performance. Thus, emergent power hierarchies are beneficial for group performance and although they were on average created around individual group members’ competence, this correspondence was not a prerequisite for better group performance.
Keywords: Emerging power hierarchies, Group performance., Task-competence
Projects Idiap
Authors Frauendorfer, Denise
Schmid Mast, Marianne
Sanchez-Cortes, Dairazalia
Gatica-Perez, Daniel
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