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Hum Factors. 2013 Jun;55(3):499-508.

Putting the "we" into teamwork: effects of priming personal or social identity on flight attendants' perceptions of teamwork and communication.

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Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The study was designed to investigate the effectiveness of a manipulation derived from social categorization and social identity theory to promote greater cabin crew willingness to engage in intergroup communication and teamwork in airline operations.

BACKGROUND:

Failures of communication and teamwork between airline crew have been implicated in a number of airline crashes.

METHOD:

Flight attendants based domestically (n = 254) or overseas (n = 230) received a manipulation designed to prime either their social identity or personal identity and then read a brief outline of an in-flight event before completing a teamwork questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Flight attendants who received a social identity prime indicated increased willingness to engage in coordinated team action compared with those who received a personal identity prime.

CONCLUSION:

Priming social identity can enhance attitudes toward teamwork and communication, potentially leading to increased willingness to engage in intergroup cooperation.

APPLICATION:

Social categorization and social identity theories can be used to inform joint training program development for flight attendants and pilots to create increased willingness for group members to participate in effective communication and teamwork behaviors.

PMID:
23829025
DOI:
10.1177/0018720812465311
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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