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Towards a cohesive theory of cohesion

McLeod, Janet and Von Treuer, Kathryn 2013, Towards a cohesive theory of cohesion, International journal of business and social research, vol. 3, no. 12, pp. 1-11.

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Title Towards a cohesive theory of cohesion
Author(s) McLeod, Janet
Von Treuer, Kathryn
Journal name International journal of business and social research
Volume number 3
Issue number 12
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Maryland Institute of Research
Place of publication Rockville, Md.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2164-2540
2164-2559
Keyword(s) Cohesion
Performance
Cumulative research program
Summary Conventional wisdom suggests that group cohesion is strongly related to performance. This may be based on the notion that better cohesion leads to the sharing of group goals. However, empirical and meta-analytic studies have been unable to consistently demonstrate a relationship between cohesion and performance. Partially, this problem could be attributed to the disagreement on the precise definition of cohesion and its components. Further, when the cohesion construct is evaluated under Cohen’s Cumulative Research Program (CRP), it is surprisingly found to belong to the category of early-to-intermediate stage of theory development. Therefore, a thorough re-examination of the cohesion construct is essential to advance our understanding of the cohesion-productivity relationship. We propose a qualitative approach because it will help establish the definitions, enable us to better test our theories about cohesion and its moderators, and provide insights into how best to enlist cohesion to improve team performance.
Language eng
Field of Research 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920505 Occupational Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Maryland Institute of Research
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059957

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