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An empirical examination of the relationships between adult attention deficit, reliance on team mates and team member performance

Graeme H. Coetzer (Faculty of Business Administration, Central Washington University, Lynnwood, WA, USA)
Richard Trimble (Faculty of Business Administration, Central Washington University, Lynnwood, WA, USA)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 6 March 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of adult attention deficit on team members, the relationships between team members, the task performance dynamics within teams and team member performance.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 304 management students working in self managing project teams completed measures of adult attention deficit, difficulty with necessary tasks, general independence, extraordinary reliance on team mates and acceptance of reliance on team mates. A measure of a team member's performance was completed by the other team members upon completion of the team project. Product moment correlations were used to examine associations between the measures, and partial correlations were used to test for mediation effects. The Williams T2 test was used to test for significant differences in correlations between adult attention deficit and related variables.

Findings

Adult attention deficit interferes with the ability to perform necessary tasks and constrains the achievement of a general sense of independence. The disorder also promotes extraordinary reliance on team mates and constrains team member performance. Although the disorder promotes extraordinary reliance on team mates, it promotes acceptance of such reliance to a much lesser extent.

Research limitations/implications

Future research needs to sample a variety of workplace teams. Testing the hypotheses on new samples will also help to confirm the validity and reliability of the measures developed for this study.

Practical implications

Organizations that are increasingly reliant on the performance of employee teams need to be more aware of the influence of adult attention deficit on team members, their relationships with other team members and their performance. Providing individual training and team interventions that target the cognitive, emotional and behavioral capacity for completing necessary tasks is especially important for team members afflicted with the disorder.

Originality/value

This is the first study to examine the relationship between adult attention deficit, reliance on other team members and team member performance. This research is of value to researchers, organizational development specialists, managers and team members who are trying to improve the performance of team members with adult attention deficit.

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Citation

Coetzer, G.H. and Trimble, R. (2009), "An empirical examination of the relationships between adult attention deficit, reliance on team mates and team member performance", Team Performance Management, Vol. 15 No. 1/2, pp. 78-91. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527590910937739

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2009, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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