The Role of Leader Boundary Activities in Enhancing Interdisciplinary Team Effectiveness

Pascale Benoliel, Anit Somech

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    Abstract

    This study examined how leaders’ internal and external activities mediate the relationship of functional heterogeneity and interteam goal interdependence to team effectiveness (in-role performance and innovation) in interdisciplinary teams. The results of the structural equation model from a sample of 92 interdisciplinary teams indicate that leaders’ internal activities fully mediate the relationship of team functional heterogeneity and interteam goal interdependence to team in-role performance. The leaders’ external activities were found to fully mediate the relationship of interteam goal interdependence to team innovation. We discuss the implications of these findings for both theory and practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-124
    Number of pages42
    JournalSmall Group Research
    Volume46
    Issue number1
    Early online date27 Nov 2014
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 14 Feb 2015

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    © The Author(s) 2014.

    Keywords

    • boundary activities
    • interdisciplinary team
    • team effectiveness
    • team leadership

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