Modeling team knowledge sharing and team flexibility: the role of within-team competition

Hongwei He, Yehuda Baruch, Chieh-Peng Lin

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Abstract

This study examines the role of within-team competition (i.e. team hypercompetition and team development competition) in a team process. We developed and tested a model that associates team collectivism as the antecedent of within-team competition, and knowledge sharing and team flexibility as the outcomes. The model was empirically tested with data from 141 knowledge-intensive teams. The empirical findings showed that team collectivism had a positive relationship with team development competition and a negative relationship with team hypercompetition. Regarding the outcomes, team development competition and team hypercompetition had an indirect relationship with knowledge sharing and team flexibility through team empowerment. We offer a number of original contributions to the team effectiveness literature, especially by showing that team hypercompetition and team development competition have different impacts on team knowledge sharing and team flexibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-978
Number of pages32
JournalHuman Relations
Volume67
Issue number8
Early online date3 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • knowledge sharing
  • team collectivism
  • team empowerment
  • team flexibility
  • within-team competition

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