Jerry Kim

Extending the Faultline Model to Geographically Dispersed Teams: How Colocated Subgroups Can Impair Group Functioning

Coauthor(s): Jeffrey Polzer, C. Brad Crisp, Sirkka Jarvenpaa.

Abstract:
We theorize that in geographically dispersed teams, members' geographic locations are likely to activate "faultlines" (hypothetical dividing lines that split a group into subgroups) that impair team functioning. In a study of 45 teams comprised of graduate students from 14 schools in ten countries, we found that geographic faultlines heightened conflict and reduced trust. These faultlines were stronger when a team was divided into two equally sized subgroups of colocated members and when these subgroups were homogeneous in nationality.

Source: Academy of Management Journal
Exact Citation:
Polzer, Jeffrey, C. Brad Crisp, Sirkka Jarvenpaa, and Jerry Kim. "Extending the Faultline Model to Geographically Dispersed Teams: How Colocated Subgroups Can Impair Group Functioning." Academy of Management Journal 49, no. 4 (2006): 679-92.
Volume: 49
Number: 4
Pages: 679-92
Date: 2006