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ERIC Number: EJ816378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0273-4753
Social Loafing on Group Projects: Structural Antecedents and Effect on Student Satisfaction
Aggarwal, Praveen; O'Brien, Connie L.
Journal of Marketing Education, v30 n3 p255-264 2008
To respond to the expectations of the industry and business school accreditation bodies, marketing faculty have been making extensive use of group projects in their curricula. A common problem with the use of student groups, however, is that of social loafing. In this study, we identify some easy-to-implement project set-up factors and examine their impact on reducing the incidence of social loafing. We find that the incidence of social loafing increases with the scope of the project and the size of the student group assigned to the project. We also find that having multiple peer evaluations during the course of the project reduces social loafing. We study the impact of social loafing on students' satisfaction with group members' contribution and the perceived fairness of the project grade. Recommendations for reducing social loafing and increasing students' satisfaction with group projects are also discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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