Group Cohesiveness and Performance: The Moderating Effect of Diversity

By Zhanna Soldan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between cohesiveness and performance and the role diversity (full-time work experience) plays in this relationship. A total of 154 student groups participated in the study. The results predicted and confirmed that a positive relationship between group cohesiveness and performance exists. Furthermore, the interaction of diversity with group cohesiveness was positively related to performance. Specifically, observed variations in performance appear to be predictive of cohesiveness only when the group is highly diverse in terms of full-time work experience. When group diversity is low, cohesiveness appears to be more or less unrelated to performance. Practical and research implications will be discussed and directions for future research suggested.

Keywords: Cohesiveness, Performance, Diversity, Full-time Work Experience, Simulation

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.155-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 694.598KB).

Dr. Zhanna Soldan

Sessional Academic & PhD Candidate, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Mount Lawley, Perth, Australia

Zhanna Soldan earned her PhD (Business) and a Master’s degree (Commerce) from Curtin University, and an undergraduate degree (Education) from Kazakh State University of World Languages. She has an extensive teaching experience at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. She is the lead co-author of Diversity Management book. Her previous research covers diversity management and group dynamics. Her work appeared in various international journals. She is currenty undertaking research on topics of cross-cultural leadership and organizational behaviour.

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