Transactive Memory System Links Work Team Characteristics and Performance

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1722-1730
Journal / PublicationJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume92
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007

Abstract

Teamwork and coordination of expertise among team members with different backgrounds are increasingly recognized as important for team effectiveness. Recently, researchers have examined how team members rely on transactive memory system (TMS; D. M. Wegner, 1987) to share their distributed knowledge and expertise. To establish the ecological validity and generality of TMS research findings, this study sampled 104 work teams from a variety of organizational settings in China and examined the relationships between team characteristics, TMS, and team performance. The results suggest that task interdependence, cooperative goal interdependence, and support for innovation are positively related to work teams' TMS and that TMS is related to team performance; moreover, structural equation analysis indicates that TMS mediates the team characteristics-performance links. Findings have implications both for team leaders to manage their work teams effectively and for team members to improve their team performance. © 2007 American Psychological Association.

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  • performance, team characteristics, team process, transactive memory system, work team

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Transactive Memory System Links Work Team Characteristics and Performance. / Zhang, Zhi-Xue; Hempel, Paul S.; Han, Yu-Lan; Tjosvold, Dean.

In: Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 92, No. 6, 11.2007, p. 1722-1730.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review