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Effects of team member psychological proximity on teamwork performance

Myungsuk Cha (IT Policy & Strategy Research Institute, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Jun-Gi Park (IT Policy & Strategy Research Institute, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Jungwoo Lee (Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 4 March 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to examine whether team-members' psychological proximity affects the degree of teamwork quality and therefore affecting the team performance.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey instrument was developed based on extant literature reviews, and administered among information technology professionals. Collected data were analysed using partial least square (PLS) method.

Findings

Team-members' psychological proximity is found to be significantly related to teamwork quality. The magnitude of relational coefficients between sub-dimensions of psychological proximity and those of teamwork quality turned out to be different from each other.

Research limitations/implications

Psychological proximity is found to critically influence teamwork and performance in IT teams. Also, the four-factor model developed from previous literature is validated for further use. Snowball sampling using IT professionals is the major limitation of this study.

Originality/value

Studies on teamwork quality that employs psychological proximity are scarce. Socialising in workplaces is sometimes viewed as an unproductive activity, however, socialising decreases psychological proximity among team-members, increasing teamwork quality. In addition, examining the psychological proximity in team-members adds to the growing literature on teamwork quality.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2012S1A3A2033474).

Citation

Cha, M., Park, J.-G. and Lee, J. (2014), "Effects of team member psychological proximity on teamwork performance", Team Performance Management, Vol. 20 No. 1/2, pp. 81-96. https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-03-2013-0007

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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