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Melissa Gruys (Committee Member), David Lahuis (Committee Member), Debra Steele-Johnson (Advisor)

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Master of Science (MS)


Substantial time and money are spent assessing workplace teams to delineate what makes a team effective. Historically, as teams developed into vital components of organizations, they also became the target of empirical research (see Kozlowski and Bell, 2003, for a review). However, questions remain concerning how individuals function within teams. My study was restricted to influences on individual functions within teams, and I offer a conceptual model of the effects of both individual and team factors on individual level outcomes (e.g., conflict and team effectiveness). Specifically, I examined these effects for a relatively unexamined population, i.e., college athletic coaching staffs. Moreover, I assessed the effects of individual level predictors (e.g., cooperation, personality, and experience) and team level predictors (e.g., team cohesion, gender and status factors) on individual outcomes (i.e., conflict and team effectiveness) in team settings. Results were analyzed using regression and hierarchical linear modeling.

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Department or Program

Department of Psychology

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