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Collective orientation and its implications for coordination and team performance in interdependent work contexts

Vera Hagemann (Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics, University of Bremen , Bremen, Germany)
Greta Ontrup (Department of Business Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum , Bochum, Germany)
Annette Kluge (Department of Business Psychology, Ruhr University Bochum , Bochum, Germany)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 25 October 2020

Issue publication date: 16 March 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the influence of collective orientation (CO) on coordination and team performance for interdependently working teams while controlling for person-related and team variables.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 58 two-person-teams participated in a simulation-based firefighting task. The laboratory study took 2 h for each team. The effects of CO in tasks of increasing complexity were investigated under the consideration of control variables, and the relations between CO, coordination and team performance were assessed using a multivariate latent growth curve modeling approach and by estimating indirect effects in simple mediation models.

Findings

Team members high on CO performed significantly better than low-scoring members. The effect of CO on team performance was independent from an increasing task complexity, whereas the effect of CO on coordination was not. The effect of CO on team performance was mediated by coordination within the team, and the positive relation between CO and performance persists when including group efficacy into the model.

Research limitations/implications

As CO is a modifiable person-related variable and important for effective team processes, additional research on factors influencing this attitude during work is assumed to be valuable.

Practical implications

CO is especially important for highly interdependently working teams in high-risk-organizations such as the fire service or nuclear power plants, where errors lead to severe consequences for human beings or the environment.

Originality/value

No other studies showed the importance of CO for coordination and team performance while considering teamwork-relevant variables and the interdependence of work.

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Citation

Hagemann, V., Ontrup, G. and Kluge, A. (2021), "Collective orientation and its implications for coordination and team performance in interdependent work contexts", Team Performance Management, Vol. 27 No. 1/2, pp. 30-65. https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-03-2020-0020

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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