Empowering teams through social network ties

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

29 Scopus Citations
View graph of relations

Author(s)

Related Research Unit(s)

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-220
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Information Management
Volume32
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Abstract

Effective teamwork and knowledge coordination are becoming increasingly important for all kinds of organizations given the growing use of teams to tackle competitive challenges and sustain competitive advantage. In this study, we develop and validate a model of how two types of social network ties - expressive and instrumental - contribute to team efficacy and performance, mediated by three dimensions of a transactive memory system (TMS) - specialization, credibility and coordination within teams. We test the model in an empirical study drawing on data from 66 teams in a variety of organizations. The results suggest that both instrumental and expressive ties within teams can facilitate the formation of TMS and the three dimensions of TMS are all, even though to different extents, positively related to team efficacy. Team efficacy is also a powerful predictor of team performance. The findings in our study bridge the literature gap about social networks and TMS and explain the underlying process and mechanisms by which social network ties exert their influence on team outcomes. The results have implications for organizations that wish to leverage teams to take advantage of team members' differentiated expertise and coordinate their work more effectively and efficiently. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Expressive ties, Instrumental ties, Social networks, Team efficacy, Transactive memory system

Citation Format(s)

Empowering teams through social network ties. / Zhong, Xuepan; Huang, Qian; Davison, Robert M.; Yang, Xuan; Chen, Huaping.

In: International Journal of Information Management, Vol. 32, No. 3, 06.2012, p. 209-220.

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