Social effects on coworker reliance and individual contributions to intercultural teams

Gibbons, D. & Zolin, R. (2009) Social effects on coworker reliance and individual contributions to intercultural teams. In Solomon, George (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting - Green Management Matters, Chicago, Illinois.

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Which social perceptions and structures shape coworker reliance and contributions to team products? When people form an intercultural team, they launch a set of working relationships that may be affected by social perceptions and social structures. Social perceptions include beliefs about interpersonal similarity and also expectations of behavior based on professional and national memberships. Social structures include dyadic relationships and the patterns they form. In this study, graduate students from three cohorts were consistently more likely to rely on others with whom they had a professional relationship, while structural equivalence in the professional network had no effect. In only one of the cohorts, people were more likely to rely on others who were professionally similar to themselves. Expectations regarding professional or national groups had no effect on willingness to rely on members of those groups, but expectations regarding teammates' nations positively influenced individual contributions. Willingness to rely on one's teammates did not significantly influence individual contributions to the team. Number of professional ties to teammates increased individual contributions, and number of external ties decreased contributions. Finally, people whose professional networks included a mixture of brokerage and closure (higher ego network variance) made greater contributions to their teams.

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ID Code: 29009
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Social Effects, Intercultural Teams, Coworker
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Academy of Management
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2009 01:46
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:15

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