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Temporal aspects of the group cohesion-group performance relationship in an experiential computerized business simulation

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Temporal aspects of the group cohesion-group performance relationship in an experiential computerized business simulation

Casey-Campbell, Mildred Ruby (2005) Temporal aspects of the group cohesion-group performance relationship in an experiential computerized business simulation. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Research on group cohesion has generated conflicting findings. The present study was designed to examine the temporal aspects of the reciprocal relationship between group cohesiveness and group performance. A computerized business simulation was used to examine the longitudinal aspects of this relationship, as well as the impact of a group formation method. Participants were 412 undergraduate students enrolled in a third-year business strategy class. Students formed groups to participate in a semester-long computerized business strategy simulation game. Results indicate there is a significant cyclical relationship between group cohesion and group performance. In investigating the directionality of the relationship between both constructs, the 'group performance leads to group cohesion' relationship was stronger than the inverse 'group cohesion leads to group performance' relationship. Furthermore, the group formation method was found to influence levels of group cohesion. Practical implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Casey-Campbell, Mildred Ruby
Pagination:ix, 115 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc. Admin.
Program:John Molson School of Business
Date:2005
Thesis Supervisor(s):Martens, Martin
ID Code:8655
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:31
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:18
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