Joint Effects of Group Efficacy and Gender Diversity on Group Cohesion and Performance

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Business School Research Paper

Applied Psychology: An International Review, Vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 136-154, 2004

19 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2007

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Cynthia Lee

Northeastern University - Management Information Systems Area

Jiing-Lih Larry Farh

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization

Abstract

This study examined the sources of group efficacy and the joint roles of group efficacy and gender diversity on the relationship between group efficacy and group outcomes. We used 45 project groups (260 undergraduate students) designed to complete two in-class group projects. We found that past performance and self-efficacy were both positively related to group efficacy. Further,the interaction of gender diversity and group efficacy was positively related to group effectiveness (project grade and group cohesion). Specifically, mixed gender groups facilitated the relationship between group efficacy and group effectiveness. Implications of the study are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Lee, Cynthia and Farh, Jiing-Lih Larry, Joint Effects of Group Efficacy and Gender Diversity on Group Cohesion and Performance. Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Business School Research Paper; Applied Psychology: An International Review, Vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 136-154, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008741

Cynthia Lee (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - Management Information Systems Area ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

Jiing-Lih Larry Farh

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization ( email )

2416
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong, PRC
852-2358 7735 (Phone)

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