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Examinig the relation between team cohesiveness and team effectiveness and the role of verbal communication in this relation

Stenmans, E. (2016) Examinig the relation between team cohesiveness and team effectiveness and the role of verbal communication in this relation.

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Abstract:Various studies over the relation between team cohesiveness and team effectiveness found differing results. These mixed findings could be due to the complexity of the relation between team cohesiveness and team effectiveness. The relation between team cohesiveness and team effectiveness is possibly influenced by many factors, such as the communication within a team. Based on the described complexity, the present study aims to clarify the relation between team cohesiveness and team effectiveness and to examine the influence of communication on the named relation. Team cohesiveness was determined with a questionnaire. The communication was measured with wearable sensors, which recorded the number of verbal speaking segments within a team. The effectiveness was determined by the time the teams needed to solve the puzzles of an Escape Room. Linear regression and simple slope analysis showed that the relation between team cohesiveness and team effectiveness is significant as the amount of communication within a team is decreased. Thus cohesive teams, which also had a lower number of speaking segments tended to be more effective. The lower amount of verbal communication could be due to a more concise and direct communication within the more effective teams, through which they are able to address issues and conflicts on a more effective manner.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69940
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