Leadership and Team Cohesiveness Across Cultures

36 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2004

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Hein Wendt

Hay Group

Martin Euwema

Utrecht University - Department of Social and Organizational Psychology

Date Written: June 2004

Abstract

The goal of this study was to clarify relationships between directive and supportive leadership and team cohesiveness. Moreover, the effect of national culture on leadership, team cohesiveness, and the moderating role of culture on the relationship between leadership and team cohesiveness was examined. Data was collected from 20,943 managers and 96,550 corresponding team members in 34 countries. Multilevel analysis was used to test hypotheses, based on Hofstede's dimension of individualism-collectivism. Individualism was negatively related to the use of both directive and supportive leadership. There was no relationship between individualism and team cohesiveness. Directive behavior had a negative effect, and supportive had a positive effect on team cohesiveness. The negative effect of directive leadership was stronger in individualistic cultures.

Keywords: Leadership, National Culture, Team Cohesiveness

JEL Classification: D72

Suggested Citation

Wendt, Hein and Euwema, Martin, Leadership and Team Cohesiveness Across Cultures (June 2004). IACM 17th Annual Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=609306 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.609306

Hein Wendt (Contact Author)

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Martin Euwema

Utrecht University - Department of Social and Organizational Psychology ( email )

P.O. Box 80.140
3508 TC Utrecht
Netherlands

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