Exploring the processes underlying within-homogeneity

Mason, Claire M. (2006) Exploring the processes underlying within-homogeneity. Small Group Research, 37(3), pp. 233-271.

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Many group-level constructs are based on within-group homogeneity in attitudes, affect, beliefs, and perceptions. In this article, three models for the development of within-group homogeneity are delineated. These models are shown to have implications both for differences between variables in their level of homogeneity and the conditions under which relatively high and low homogeneity should be observed. The models are explored in a small sample (N = 24 groups), where homogeneity in job satisfaction, positive affect, potency beliefs, and task-identity perceptions is examined. The results indicate that variables differ in their mean level of homogeneity and suggest that homogeneity may be the product of a combination of processes. A hierarchical framework for the investigation of homogeneity is suggested for further research.

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ID Code: 8437
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Author contact details: cm.mason@qut.edu.au
Keywords: homogeneity, within, group agreement, job satisfaction, group potency, group constructs
DOI: 10.1177/1046496406288972
ISSN: 1046-4964
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:20

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