Team role adoption and distribution in engineering project meetings (2020)
Team communication plays a vital role in engineering management, however, there is a paucity of work that examines how team roles emerge as a response to the communicative processes between participants. This research explored role adoption using qualitative methods comprising observations, questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. Five student teams doing final year projects at a university in New Zealand were observed during the academic year and then interviewed at the final stage of project completion. A number of team roles in the engineering context were identified for students and their supervisors: Explorer; Initiator; Facilitator; Active and Passive Information Provider; Outsider; Active and Passive Connector; Passive Collector; Arbitrator; Gatekeeper and Representative. Personal factors, such as social sensitivity, were correlated with the choice of team behaviour pattern. In addition, the team roles could be arranged in circular order to create a circumplex, the two axes of which were identified as Personal Agency/Communion and Social engagement/Social disengagement.
CitationNestsiarovich K., Pons D.J. Team Role Adoption and Distribution in Engineering Project Meetings. Behavioral Sciences. 10(2). 57.
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Keywordsteam communication; engineering project meetings; group interactions; team roles; circumplex
ANZSRC Fields of Research40 - Engineering::4010 - Engineering practice and education::401003 - Engineering practice
15 - Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services::1503 - Business and Management::150305 - Human Resources Management
17 - Psychology and Cognitive Sciences::1701 - Psychology::170107 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
35 - Commerce, management, tourism and services::3507 - Strategy, management and organisational behaviour::350710 - Organisational behaviour
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