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The role of task meaning on output in groups: Experimental evidence


Bäker, Agnes; Mechtel, Mario (2018). The role of task meaning on output in groups: Experimental evidence. Managerial and Decision Economics, 39(2):131-141.

Abstract

Previous research has shown a detrimental effect of low task meaning on individual work output. This paper analyzes whether peer settings are able to counteract this negative effect of low task meaning. First, our results confirm that a low level of task meaning decreases individual output when working alone. However, this effect vanishes completely when working in the presence of a peer. Our analysis implies that organizing work in peer settings might be particularly beneficial in work environments with a low level of task meaning.

Abstract

Previous research has shown a detrimental effect of low task meaning on individual work output. This paper analyzes whether peer settings are able to counteract this negative effect of low task meaning. First, our results confirm that a low level of task meaning decreases individual output when working alone. However, this effect vanishes completely when working in the presence of a peer. Our analysis implies that organizing work in peer settings might be particularly beneficial in work environments with a low level of task meaning.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Management Science and Operations Research
Social Sciences & Humanities > Management of Technology and Innovation
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:21 Aug 2019 14:59
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:09
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0143-6570
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/mde.2875
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:16034

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