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Effects of team member psychological proximity on teamwork performance


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Title:Effects of team member psychological proximity on teamwork performance
Author(s):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)
Citation:Myungsuk Cha, Jun-Gi Park, Jungwoo Lee, (2014) "Effects of team member psychological proximity on teamwork performance", Team Performance Management, Vol. 20 Iss: 1/2, pp.81 - 96
Keywords:Psychological proximityTeam performanceTeam-member proximityTeamwork quality
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/TPM-03-2013-0007 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2012S1A3A2033474).
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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