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J Appl Psychol. 2015 Jul;100(4):1214-27. doi: 10.1037/apl0000006. Epub 2014 Dec 15.

Positive is usually good, negative is not always bad: The effects of group affect on social integration and task performance.

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1
Organizational Behavior Department, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis.
2
Organizational Behavior Department, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina.

Abstract

Grounded in a social functional perspective, this article examines the conditions under which group affect influences group functioning. Using meta-analysis, the authors leverage heterogeneity across 39 independent studies of 2,799 groups to understand how contextual factors-group affect source (exogenous or endogenous to the group) and group life span (one-shot or ongoing)-moderate the influence of shared feelings on social integration and task performance. As predicted, results indicate that group positive affect has consistent positive effects on social integration and task performance regardless of contextual idiosyncrasies. The effects of group negative affect, on the other hand, are context-dependent. Shared negative feelings promote social integration and task performance when stemming from an exogenous source or experienced in a 1-shot group, but undermine social integration and task performance when stemming from an endogenous source or experienced in an ongoing group. The authors discuss implications of their findings and highlight directions for future theory and research on group affect.

PMID:
25495091
DOI:
10.1037/apl0000006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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