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Reflexivity for team innovation in China::The contribution of goal interdependence

Tjosvold, Dean and Tang, Moureen ML and West, Michael (2004) Reflexivity for team innovation in China::The contribution of goal interdependence. Group and Organization Management, 29 (5). pp. 540-559. ISSN 1059-6011

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Abstract

Teams that can manage their internal functioning may be able to continue to work effectively so that they innovate. This study suggests that cooperative but not competitive or independent goals are a foundation for effective team reflexivity. Two hundred employees in 100 work teams in China completed measures of their team’s goal interdependence (cooperative, competitive, and independent) and reflexivity. The managers of these 100 teams rated their team’s innovation. Results support the theorizing that cooperative goals can contribute to team reflexivity. Structural equation analysis suggested that cooperative but not competitive or independent goals promote reflexivity that in turn results in team innovation. These results, coupled with previous research, were interpreted as suggesting that cooperative goals and reflexivity are complementary foundations for team innovation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Group and Organization Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation ; reflection ; cooperation and competition ; teamwork
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
ID Code: 57310
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2012 10:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 10:55
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57310

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