The Rise and Fall of Subgroups and Conflict in Teams: Faultline Activation and Deactivation

31 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2012

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Martijn van der Kamp

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School

Brian V. Tjemkes

VU University Amsterdam

Karen A. Jehn

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School

Date Written: June 15, 2012

Abstract

We review and reconceptualize faultline activation, defined as the process by which members of a team come to perceive subgroups, and add the notion of faultline deactivation, the process of minimizing the salience of perceived subgroups in teams. We develop a typology for faultline activators and deactivators and relate this to subgroup formation, and conflict in teams. This theory is used to explore the effect of team faultlines on team conflict and the implications for research on faultlines and subgroup formation and the effects on conflict in teams.

Keywords: Team faultlines, faultline activation, faultline deactivation, team conflict, multiteam systems

Suggested Citation

van der Kamp, Martijn and Tjemkes, Brian V. and Jehn, Karen A., The Rise and Fall of Subgroups and Conflict in Teams: Faultline Activation and Deactivation (June 15, 2012). Intl. Association for Conflict Management, IACM 25th Annual Conference, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2084738 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2084738

Martijn Van der Kamp (Contact Author)

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Brian V. Tjemkes

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

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Karen A. Jehn

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School ( email )

200 Leicester Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053 3186
Australia

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