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ERIC Number: ED431423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 13
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Making Project Groups Work II: The Impact of Group Process Training and Role Assignment on the Performance and Perception of Information Systems Project Teams.
Mennecke, Brian; Bradley, John; McLeod, Michael
Many project teams in organizations are highly structured, members have clearly defined roles, and they possess knowledge about how to effectively manage their projects and meetings. On the other hand, students in educational environments lack significant experience working in teams. Therefore, student teams are often poorly structured, members commonly have difficulty developing functional roles, and communication and coordination problems persist. The research described in this paper demonstrated the impact of these problems by interjecting two interventions in student project teams in a core business course on information systems at East Carolina University (North Carolina): training on group process and the role assignment. The results of a controlled experiment show that both interventions had positive impacts on student project teams. Team members that were assigned roles reported higher cohesion and produced higher quality projects than did team members in the control group. Furthermore, cohesion and project quality was highest in teams that received both training and role assignments. Findings and implications for future research are discussed. Figures present: dependent/independent variables; student roles; training session topics; sequence of data collection and course instructors; means/standard deviation scores for dependent measures; and trends in cohesion data for treatments/time periods. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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