Team reflexivity as an antidote to team information-processing failures

Schippers, Michaéla C. and Edmondson, Amy C. and West, Michael (2014) Team reflexivity as an antidote to team information-processing failures. Small Group Research, 45 (6). pp. 731-769. ISSN 1046-4964

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Abstract

This article proposes that team reflexivity—a deliberate process of discussing team goals, processes, or outcomes—can function as an antidote to team-level biases and errors in decision making. We build on prior work conceptualizing teams as information-processing systems and highlight reflexivity as a critical information-processing activity. Prior research has identified consequential information-processing failures that occur in small groups, such as the failure to discuss privately held relevant information, biased processing of information, and failure to update conclusions when situations change. We propose that team reflexivity reduces the occurrence of information-processing failures by ensuring that teams discuss and assess the implications of team information for team goals, processes, and outcomes. In this article, we present a model of team information-processing failures and remedies involving team reflexivity, and we discuss the conditions under which team reflexivity is and is not likely to facilitate performance.

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Journal Article
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Small Group Research
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21 Nov 2014 10:58
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