Title

Reflexivity for team innovation in China : the contribution of goal interdependence

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Group and Organization Management

Publication Date

10-1-2004

Volume

29

Issue

5

First Page

540

Last Page

559

Keywords

innovation, reflection, cooperation and competition, teamwork

Abstract

Teams that can manage their internal functioning may be able to continue to work effectively so that they innovate. This study suggests that cooperative but not competitive or independent goals are a foundation for effective team reflexivity. Two hundred employees in 100 work teams in China completed measures of their team's goal interdependence (cooperative, competitive, and independent) and reflexivity. The managers of these 100 teams rated their team's innovation. Results support the theorizing that cooperative goals can contribute to team reflexivity. Structural equation analysis suggested that cooperative but not competitive or independent goals promote reflexivity that in turn results in team innovation. These results, coupled with previous research, were interpreted as suggesting that cooperative goals and reflexivity are complementary foundations for team innovation.

DOI

10.1177/1059601103254911

Print ISSN

10596011

E-ISSN

15523993

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Recommended Citation

Tjosvold, D., Tang, M. M. L., & West, M. (2004). Reflexivity for team innovation in China: The contribution of goal interdependence. Group & Organization Management, 29(5), 540-559. doi: 10.1177/1059601103254911