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Determining the components of cohesion using the repertory grid technique

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posted on 2024-06-05, 03:36 authored by Kathryn Von TreuerKathryn Von Treuer, J McLeod, Matthew Fuller-TyszkiewiczMatthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, G Scott
Cohesion enhances positive workplace outcomes, including job satisfaction, team performance, and productivity. Despite the importance of cohesion, definitions, factors, and measures of cohesion are used inconsistently. For example, the contribution of both task and social cohesion has been highlighted in previous research but ignored by other researchers in cohesion. This exploratory study examined the components of cohesion using a repertory grid technique and weighted multidimensional scaling. Twenty-six participants were interviewed. Findings supported cohesion being a multidimensional construct with 6 cohesion dimensions, comprising 1 task and 5 social elements, thereby revealing some areas of overlap with previous research. There was no support for group verses individual components of cohesion. Further research is required to develop instruments to measure the 6 cohesion components. Factor analytic studies could then confirm the factor structure of cohesion.

History

Journal

Group dynamics: theory, research, and practice

Volume

22

Pagination

108-128

Location

Washington, D.C.

ISSN

1089-2699

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, American Psychological Association

Issue

2

Publisher

American Psychological Association