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Transactive memory system links work team characteristics and performance.
J Appl Psychol. 2007 Nov; 92(6):1722-30.JA

Abstract

Teamwork and coordination of expertise among team members with different backgrounds are increasingly recognized as important for team effectiveness. Recently, researchers have examined how team members rely on transactive memory system (TMS; D. M. Wegner, 1987) to share their distributed knowledge and expertise. To establish the ecological validity and generality of TMS research findings, this study sampled 104 work teams from a variety of organizational settings in China and examined the relationships between team characteristics, TMS, and team performance. The results suggest that task interdependence, cooperative goal interdependence, and support for innovation are positively related to work teams' TMS and that TMS is related to team performance; moreover, structural equation analysis indicates that TMS mediates the team characteristics-performance links. Findings have implications both for team leaders to manage their work teams effectively and for team members to improve their team performance.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China. zxzhang@gsm.pku.edu.cnNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18020808

Citation

Zhang, Zhi-Xue, et al. "Transactive Memory System Links Work Team Characteristics and Performance." The Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 92, no. 6, 2007, pp. 1722-30.
Zhang ZX, Hempel PS, Han YL, et al. Transactive memory system links work team characteristics and performance. J Appl Psychol. 2007;92(6):1722-30.
Zhang, Z. X., Hempel, P. S., Han, Y. L., & Tjosvold, D. (2007). Transactive memory system links work team characteristics and performance. The Journal of Applied Psychology, 92(6), 1722-30.
Zhang ZX, et al. Transactive Memory System Links Work Team Characteristics and Performance. J Appl Psychol. 2007;92(6):1722-30. PubMed PMID: 18020808.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Transactive memory system links work team characteristics and performance. AU - Zhang,Zhi-Xue, AU - Hempel,Paul S, AU - Han,Yu-Lan, AU - Tjosvold,Dean, PY - 2007/11/21/pubmed PY - 2008/1/11/medline PY - 2007/11/21/entrez SP - 1722 EP - 30 JF - The Journal of applied psychology JO - J Appl Psychol VL - 92 IS - 6 N2 - Teamwork and coordination of expertise among team members with different backgrounds are increasingly recognized as important for team effectiveness. Recently, researchers have examined how team members rely on transactive memory system (TMS; D. M. Wegner, 1987) to share their distributed knowledge and expertise. To establish the ecological validity and generality of TMS research findings, this study sampled 104 work teams from a variety of organizational settings in China and examined the relationships between team characteristics, TMS, and team performance. The results suggest that task interdependence, cooperative goal interdependence, and support for innovation are positively related to work teams' TMS and that TMS is related to team performance; moreover, structural equation analysis indicates that TMS mediates the team characteristics-performance links. Findings have implications both for team leaders to manage their work teams effectively and for team members to improve their team performance. SN - 0021-9010 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18020808/Transactive_memory_system_links_work_team_characteristics_and_performance_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -