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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-380
Journal / PublicationJournal of Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


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. © 2005 Southern Management Association. All rights reserved.

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

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