Masters, Showoffs and Slackers: The Effect of Goal Orientation Congruence on Cognition and Teamwork


David van der Geest
David van der Geest
  • Speaker
Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa

Event Information

Type
Research Seminar
Programme
Information Management
Date
Fri. 7 Mar. 2014
Contact
Daan Stam
Time
12:00-13:00 hours
Location
Mandeville Building T06-67


Abstract

The title of this study refers to goal orientation (GO), which is defined as a stable, trait-like pattern of cognition that describes how an individual pursues learning and performance goals in different situations over time. Project teams working together also develop a shared, collective GO that may differ from the GO of any one team member. However, when a team member and their team share a similar level of GO, this is referred to as GO congruence. In this project, I argue that GO congruence influences the degree to which individuals can effectively work with their fellow team members. This occurs because GO congruence influences how team members process information in challenging situations. GO congruence also influences individuals' interpersonal responses to their teammates. In turn, these cognitive and interpersonal processes influence a team member's subsequent behaviour and their contributions to their team.

Daan Stam
Associate Professor of Innovation Management
  • Coordinator