Unpacking the impact of attachment to project teams on boundary-spanning behaviors

Lee, Sujin & Sawang, Sukanlaya (2016) Unpacking the impact of attachment to project teams on boundary-spanning behaviors. International Journal of Project Management, 34(3), pp. 444-451.

[img] Accepted Version (PDF 115kB)
Administrators only until March 2019 | Request a copy from author

View at publisher


As business environments become even more competitive, project teams are required to make an effort to operate external linkages from within an organization or across organizational boundaries. Nevertheless, some members boundary-span less extensively, isolating themselves and their project teams from external environments. Our study examines why some members boundary-span more or less through the framework of group attachment theory. Data from 521 project-team members in construction and engineering industries revealed that the more individuals worry about their project team’s acceptance (group attachment anxiety), the more likely they are to perceive intergroup competition, and thus put more efforts into operating external linkages and resources to help their own teams outperform competitors. In contrast, a tendency to distrust their project teams (group attachment avoidance) generates members’ negative construal of their team’s external image, and thus fewer efforts are made at operating external linkages. Thus, project leaders and members with high group-attachment-anxiety may be best qualified for external tasks.

Impact and interest:

0 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 92996
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: boundary spanning, project team attachment, project team perception
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2015.12.003
ISSN: 0263-7863
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2015.12.003
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2016 22:08
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 10:38

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page