Building the Infrastructure: The Effects of Role Identification Behaviors on Team Cognition Development and Performance

Matthew J. Pearsall, Aleksander P.J. Ellis, Bradford S. Bell

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Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to extend theory and research regarding the emergence of mental models and transactive memory in teams. Utilizing Kozlowski, Gully, Nason, and Smith's (1999) model of team compilation, we examined the effect of role identification behaviors and posited that such behaviors represent the initial building blocks of team cognition during the role compilation phase of team development. We then hypothesized that team mental models and transactive memory would convey the effects of these behaviors onto team performance in the team compilation phase of development. Results from 60 teams working on a command-and-control simulation supported our hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-200
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • mental models
  • team development
  • transactive memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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