Does Work Group Cohesiveness Affect Individuals' Performance and Organizational Commitment? A Cross-Level Examination

Small Group Research, 29: 472-494, 1998

24 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2014

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Barbara Wech

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Kevin W. Mossholder

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration

Robert Steel

Air Force Institute of Technology

Nathan Bennett

Georgia Institute of Technology - Organizational Behavior Area; J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Date Written: August 1, 1998

Abstract

Using a cross-level framework, the authors hypothesized that work group cohesiveness and perceived task competence would be associated with individual group members' performance and organizational commitment. Specifically, the authors tested whether perceived task competence was positively related to performance and organizational commitment and whether work group cohesiveness would explain variance in performance and organizational commitment beyond what was explained by perceived task competence. Four hundred and seventy-one Air Force and civilian employees representing 71 groups from several sites across the United States were used to test the hypotheses. Hierarchical linear modeling analyses produced support for the expected effects.

Suggested Citation

Wech, Barbara and Mossholder, Kevin W. and Steel, Robert and Bennett, Nathan, Does Work Group Cohesiveness Affect Individuals' Performance and Organizational Commitment? A Cross-Level Examination (August 1, 1998). Small Group Research, 29: 472-494, 1998, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2424535

Barbara Wech

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge ( email )

Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

Kevin W. Mossholder

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration ( email )

Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6308
United States
225-578-6142 (Phone)
225-578-6140 (Fax)

Robert Steel

Air Force Institute of Technology ( email )

Wright-Patterson AFB
OH
United States

Nathan Bennett (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology - Organizational Behavior Area ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

J. Mack Robinson College of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 4050
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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