Emergent power hierarchies and group performance

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Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
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Title
Emergent power hierarchies and group performance
Journal
International Journal of Psychology
Author(s)
Frauendorfer D., Schmid Mast M., Sanchez-Cortes D., Gatica-Perez D.
ISSN
0020-7594
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2015
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
50
Number
5
Pages
392-396
Language
english
Abstract
In newly formed groups, informal hierarchies emerge automatically and readily. In this study, we argue that emergent group hierarchies enhance group performance (Hypothesis 1) and we assume that the more the power hierarchy within a group corresponds to the task-competence differences of the individual group members, the better the group performs (Hypothesis 2). Twelve three-person groups and 28 four-person groups were investigated while solving the Winter Survival Task. Results show that emerging power hierarchies positively impact group performance but the alignment between task-competence and power hierarchy did not affect group performance. Thus, emergent power hierarchies are beneficial for group performance and although they were on average created around individual group members' competence, this correspondence was not a prerequisite for better group performance.
Keywords
Emerging power hierarchies, Task-competence, Group performance
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