Familiarity and Fluid Team Performance: Leadership and HRM Implications

Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management

ISBN: 978-1-78756-322-3, eISBN: 978-1-78756-321-6

ISSN: 0742-7301

Publication date: 16 July 2018


In this chapter we examine various human resource management (HRM) implications involved in the leadership of fluid teams. Leadership of fluid teams, which are distinguished by their dynamic composition, requires consideration of issues that may not be as pertinent for stable teams. In particular, we focus on the concept of familiarity. Composing and leading teams with members exhibiting varying degrees of familiarity with one another creates obstacles to effective and efficient functioning and may ultimately lead to poor performance. With this in mind, leaders must pay particular attention to issues of coordination, and composition such that a broad range of generalizable teamwork skills exists within the team. Within this chapter, we explain the concepts of fluid teams, team leadership within fluid teams, and other relevant concepts related to the formation of familiarity. Next, we thoroughly review extant empirical and theoretical research within these areas. We identify areas of correspondence among the various concepts and findings of the reviewed studies and generate an integrated model of fluid team leadership. To conclude, we highlight the distinct HRM implications associated with the use, and leadership, of fluid teams.



Thomas, C.H., Roberts, F., Novicevic, M.M., Ammeter, A.P. and Loncar, D. (2018), "Familiarity and Fluid Team Performance: Leadership and HRM Implications", Buckley, M.R., Wheeler, A.R. and Halbesleben, J.R.B. (Ed.) Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 36), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 163-196. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-730120180000036005

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