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Relationship between team learning and team effectiveness

Katia Elizabeth Puente-Palacios (Department of Psychology, University of Brasília, Brasilia, Brazil)
Raquel Trinchão de Jesus Barouh (Superior Tribunal de Justica, Brasilia, Brazil)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 18 May 2021

Issue publication date: 28 July 2021




The purpose of this paper is two-fold: first, to demonstrate that learning occurs as a collective process in addition to traditional individual learning and second, to identify its antecedents and consequences at the team level.


Data were gathered using questionnaires answered by 356 participants organized in 90 teams. Quantitative analytic strategies were applied to verify if individual answers of team members were similar enough to compound team scores and to measure the predictive power of the proposed model.


Results showed that team learning is a collective phenomenon: intra-team differences were small and differences between teams were significant. Additional results demonstrated that team learning is predicted by team potency (34%) and, at the group level, explains 5% of the team’s satisfaction.

Practical implications

The findings of the present research suggest that organizational managers can improve the results of teams by supporting the development of social processes such as potency and learning.


Learning in organizations has received close attention in recent years. However, publications are focusing mostly on the individual learning that occurs in teams and organizations. The main contribution of this paper is to demonstrate what characterizes team learning as a collective process and which relations it maintains with other team processes.



This research received partial financial support from the Post-Graduate Program in Social, Work and Organizational Psychology – PG-PSTO.


Puente-Palacios, K.E. and Barouh, R.T.d.J. (2021), "Relationship between team learning and team effectiveness", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 33 No. 7, pp. 534-546.



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