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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Psychology

Supervisor(s)

Natalie Allen

Abstract

The primary purpose of this research was to examine how goal orientation heterogeneity in teams relates to both individual satisfaction with the team and team conflict. Based on current research on team member heterogeneity and goal orientation, I hypothesized, at the individual level of analysis, that goal orientation dissimilarity would be negatively related to individual satisfaction with the team and, at the team level of analysis, that goal orientation diversity would be positively related to relationship and task conflict. Data were collected from a sample of 420 engineering students working on complex design projects in 101 project teams. Results indicate that goal orientation dissimilarity is negatively, albeit modestly, related to individual satisfaction with the team for the learning-avoid, performance-approach, and performance-avoid dimensions. For no dimension of goal orientation was diversity related to relationship or task conflict at the team level of analysis.


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