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When team members' values differ: The moderating role of team leadership

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  • Klein, Katherine J.
  • Knight, Andrew P.
  • Ziegert, Jonathan C.
  • Lim, Beng Chong
  • Saltz, Jessica L.
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    Abstract

    Integrating theory and research on values, diversity, situational strength, and team leadership, we proposed that team leadership moderates the effects of values diversity on team conflict. In a longitudinal survey study of national service teams, we found significant, but opposite, moderating effects of task-focused and person-focused leadership. As predicted, task-focused leadership attenuated the diversity-conflict relationship, while person-focused leadership exacerbated the diversity-conflict relationship. More specifically, task-focused leadership decreased the relationship between work ethic diversity and team conflict. Person-focused leadership increased the relationship between traditionalism diversity and team conflict. Team conflict mediated the effects of the interactions of leadership and values diversity on team effectiveness.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

    Volume (Year): 114 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 25-36

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jobhdp:v:114:y:2011:i:1:p:25-36

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    Keywords: Values Diversity Leadership Teams Conflict;

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    1. Crockett, David & Downey, Hilary & Fırat, A. Fuat & Ozanne, Julie L. & Pettigrew, Simone, 2013. "Conceptualizing a transformative research agenda," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(8), pages 1171-1178.

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