Modeling team knowledge sharing and team flexibility : the role of within-team competition

He, Hongwei and Baruch, Yehuda and Lin, Chieh-Peng (2014) Modeling team knowledge sharing and team flexibility : the role of within-team competition. Human Relations, 67 (8). pp. 947-978. ISSN 0018-7267

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    Abstract

    This study examines the role of within-team competition (i.e. team hypercompetition and team development competition) in a team process. We developed and tested a model that associates team collectivism as the antecedent of within-team competition, and knowledge sharing and team flexibility as the outcomes. The model was empirically tested with data from 141 knowledge-intensive teams. The empirical findings showed that team collectivism had a positive relationship with team development competition and a negative relationship with team hypercompetition. Regarding the outcomes, team development competition and team hypercompetition had an indirect relationship with knowledge sharing and team flexibility through team empowerment. We offer a number of original contributions to the team effectiveness literature, especially by showing that team hypercompetition and team development competition have different impacts on team knowledge sharing and team flexibility.