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Unpacking the Role of Feedback in Virtual Team Effectiveness

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posted on 2023-02-21, 04:46 authored by L Handke, F Klonek, TA O’Neill, R Kerschreiter
Feedback is a cornerstone of human development. Not surprisingly, it plays a vital role in team development. However, the literature examining the specific role of feedback in virtual team effectiveness remains scattered. To improve our understanding of feedback in virtual teams, we identified 59 studies that examine how different feedback characteristics (content, source, and level) impact virtual team effectiveness. Our findings suggest that virtual teams benefit particularly from feedback that (a) combines performance-related information with information on team processes and/or psychological states, (b) stems from an objective source, and (c) targets the team as a whole. By integrating the existing knowledge, we point researchers in the direction of the most pressing research needs, as well as the practices that are most likely to pay off when designing feedback interventions in virtual teams.

History

Journal

Small Group Research

Volume

53

Pagination

41-87

ISSN

1046-4964

eISSN

1552-8278

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

SAGE Publications