When too little or too much hurts: evidence for a curvilinear relationship between team faultlines and performance

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Chen, S., Wang, D., Zhou, Y., Chen, Z. and Wu, D. 2017. When too little or too much hurts: evidence for a curvilinear relationship between team faultlines and performance. Asia Pacific Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-017-9510-7
AuthorsChen, S., Wang, D., Zhou, Y., Chen, Z. and Wu, D.
Abstract

Fault lines are inherent to many workgroups, but the literature has not fully explained what fault lines mean for team functioning. In this study, we investigate the curvilinear relationship between fault lines and team performance from a cross categorization perspective. Analyses of multisource data obtained from 61 workgroups located in China support an inverted U-shaped relationship between fault lines and team performance. Additionally, we find that this curvilinear relationship is moderated by a team’s climate of psychological safety such that the curvilinear relationship is more pronounced among teams with a weaker psychological safety climate. The findings contribute to elaborating the nature of and advancing a contingency view of the relationship between fault lines and team performance. Theoretical implications are discussed along with possible limitations and directions for future research.

Keywordsteam composition; team faultlines; team performance; team psychological safety climate; curvilinear relationship
Year2017
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
PublisherSpringer
ISSN0217-4561
1572-9958
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10490-017-9510-7
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10490-017-9510-7
hdl:10545/625149
Output statusPublished
Publication dates27 Apr 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Sep 2020, 12:18
Accepted2016
ContributorsZhejiang University of Finance & Economics, Hangzhou, 310018, China and City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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