Effects of Organizational Support on Potency in Work Teams: The Mediating Role of Team Processes

Small Group Research, 40(1), 72-93, 2009

Posted: 17 Jan 2015

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Frances A. Kennedy

Clemson University - School of Accountancy & Legal Studies

Misty Loughry

Georgia Southern University

Tom Klammer

University of North Texas

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This study focuses on team members’ perceptions of organizational support as antecedents of team processes and potency. Potency is team members’ collective belief that the team can be effective. In a field study of 39 work teams in six organizations, we find a positive relationship between organizational support and potency that is mediated by effective team processes. We also find a positive relationship between team processes and managers’ ratings of team performance that is mediated by potency. Understanding how organizational support affects potency is important because research has consistently found that potency is strongly associated with team performance, yet little is known about how organizational context affects potency. Therefore, this research has practical as well as theoretical implications.

Keywords: teams, potency, work teams, organizational support

Suggested Citation

Kennedy, Frances A. and Loughry, Misty and Klammer, Tom, Effects of Organizational Support on Potency in Work Teams: The Mediating Role of Team Processes (2009). Small Group Research, 40(1), 72-93, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2550569

Frances A. Kennedy (Contact Author)

Clemson University - School of Accountancy & Legal Studies ( email )

Clemson, SC 29634
United States

Misty Loughry

Georgia Southern University ( email )

GA
United States
9124780756 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://coba.georgiasouthern.edu/mgnt/faculty/misty-loughry/

Tom Klammer

University of North Texas ( email )

1155 Union Circle #305340
Denton, TX 76203
940-565-3099 (Phone)

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