Is Team Harmony Necessary for Success? Cultural Beliefs About Conflict and Team Performance
30 Pages Posted: 19 May 2006
Date Written: September 2004
Despite empirical evidence that relationship conflict hampers team performance, recent cultural psychology theories have posited that European Americans underestimate the negative influence of relationship conflict. Consistent with research on Protestant Relational Ideology, a crosscultural experiment showed that compared with Koreans, European Americans were less likely to believe that relationship conflict - but not task conflict - limits a team's ability to succeed. European Americans were also more likely to join a talented team despite its likelihood of experiencing relationship conflict. Furthermore, secondary analyses showed that the cultural effect observed in participants' decisions to join the potentially conflict-ridden team was related to participants' beliefs about whether relationship conflict is detrimental to team performance.
Keywords: relationship conflict, task conflict, team performance, cultural differences, Protestant
JEL Classification: J21
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