Punctuated Equilibrium and Linear Progression: Toward a New Understanding of Group Development

Chang, Artemis, Bordia, Prashant, & Duck, Julie (2003) Punctuated Equilibrium and Linear Progression: Toward a New Understanding of Group Development. The Academy of Management Journal, 46(1), pp. 106-117.


This study proposes gaining a new understanding of group development by considering the integrative and the punctuated equilibrium models of group development as complementary rather than competing. We hypothesized that we would observe both punctuated equilibrium and linear progression in content-analyzed data from 25 simulated project teams, albeit on different dimensions. We predicted changes in time awareness and in task and pacing activity in line with the punctuated equilibrium model and changes in structure and process on task and socioemotional dimensions in line with the integrative model. Results partially supported predictions for both models.

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ID Code: 10681
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0001-4273
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Academy of Management
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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