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J Appl Psychol. 2003 Aug;88(4):741-9.

Task versus relationship conflict, team performance, and team member satisfaction: a meta-analysis.

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Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. c.k.w.dedreu@uva.nl

Abstract

This study provides a meta-analysis of research on the associations between relationship conflict, task conflict, team performance, and team member satisfaction. Consistent with past theorizing, results revealed strong and negative correlations between relationship conflict, team performance, and team member satisfaction. In contrast to what has been suggested in both academic research and introductory textbooks, however, results also revealed strong and negative (instead of the predicted positive) correlations between task conflict team performance, and team member satisfaction. As predicted, conflict had stronger negative relations with team performance in highly complex (decision making, project, mixed) than in less complex (production) tasks. Finally, task conflict was less negatively related to team performance when task conflict and relationship conflict were weakly, rather than strongly, correlated.

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