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Multi-Team Memberships & Individual, Team, and Org. Outcomes

Friday, December 7, 2018
12:20pm – 1:50pm

Storrs Campus

Much is known about team effectiveness, but teams in the modern workplace are changing. Whereas individuals once participated in a single team within their organization, increasingly, they’re involved with more than one team simultaneously, or have multiple team memberships (MTM’s). MTM’s are just beginning to receive attention in the literature, with existing work focusing primarily on task-related outcomes such as learning, performance, and role strain. Little has been done to examine the impact of MTM’s on social, affective variables, such as team cohesion, which have emerged as critical for team effectiveness. In addition to this gap, little is known about the implications of MTM’s for important outcomes, such as organizational commitment. Specifically, when individuals work on multiple teams, which aspect of their experience becomes more relevant for influencing outcomes – the primary team, the MTM’s, or the organization overall? The purpose of this study was to begin exploring these issues. Results reveal that MTM’s generally did not have main effects on examined outcomes, but that contextual features surrounding those MTM’S can play moderating roles. Further, when cohesion, identity, and trust were explored as predictors of performance, turnover intentions, and organizational commitment, assessing these constructs at multiple levels often enhanced predictive capacity, with the broader-organizational level emerging as more predictive in some cases, and the primary team-level being more predictive in other instances.

Dr. Rebecca Grossman is an assistant professor and internship director at Hofstra University. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Central Florida in 2014, where she conducted research at the Institute for Simulation and Training. Her research focuses on teams (e.g., team processes and emergent states, team diversity, measurement of team constructs), training (individual and team training, transfer of training, instructional features), and complex settings (multi-cultural, virtual, and/or distributed teams, extreme and/or high-risk environments, multiple team memberships). To date, her work includes 24 journal articles, book chapters, and other publications, and over 50 professional conference presentations.


I/O Psychology (primary), Psychology Department

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