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Team cohesion: the impact of team design and technical factors

Team cohesion: the impact of team design and technical factors The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of team boundedness, and formal coordination on task and social cohesion and the moderating effect of organization tenure diversity.Design/methodology/approachData was gathered from the responses of 398 team members and leaders working in 111 software development teams to a questionnaire survey. The hypotheses were all tested using structural equation modelling.FindingsThe results show team boundedness and formal coordination have positive and significant associations with task and social cohesion. Formal coordination is a stronger positive predictor for task than social cohesion. Organization tenure has a greater negative effect on social cohesion than task cohesion and moderates the relationship between formal coordination and task cohesion.Practical implicationsTherefore, for organizations to optimize team cohesion the impact of antecedent variables on social and task cohesion should be taken into considering in planning strategies for improvement.Originality/valueThis paper has an original approach by adding to the literature through an examination of the antecedent variables of task and social cohesion which are two key components of team cohesion. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Resource Management International Digest Emerald Publishing

Team cohesion: the impact of team design and technical factors

Human Resource Management International Digest , Volume 29 (5): 3 – Aug 19, 2021

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0967-0734
DOI
10.1108/hrmid-04-2021-0091
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of team boundedness, and formal coordination on task and social cohesion and the moderating effect of organization tenure diversity.Design/methodology/approachData was gathered from the responses of 398 team members and leaders working in 111 software development teams to a questionnaire survey. The hypotheses were all tested using structural equation modelling.FindingsThe results show team boundedness and formal coordination have positive and significant associations with task and social cohesion. Formal coordination is a stronger positive predictor for task than social cohesion. Organization tenure has a greater negative effect on social cohesion than task cohesion and moderates the relationship between formal coordination and task cohesion.Practical implicationsTherefore, for organizations to optimize team cohesion the impact of antecedent variables on social and task cohesion should be taken into considering in planning strategies for improvement.Originality/valueThis paper has an original approach by adding to the literature through an examination of the antecedent variables of task and social cohesion which are two key components of team cohesion.

Journal

Human Resource Management International DigestEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 19, 2021

Keywords: Team cohesion; Team boundedness; Formal coordination; Task cohesion; Social cohesion; Organization tenure diversity

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