It's what you do and the way that you do it: team task, team size, and innovation-related group processes

Luis A. Curral, Rosalind H. Forrester, Jeremy F. Dawson, Michael A. West

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This article describes a study of the relationships between team inputs (task type and team size) and team processes in 87 cross industry Portuguese teams, some of which had high and some low requirements to innovate. Team processes were measured using the Team Climate Inventory (TCI), which focuses on clarity of and commitment to team objectives, levels of participation, support for innovation, and quality emphases. Three hypotheses were tested. The first proposed that teams carrying out tasks with a high innovation requirement would have high scores on a measure of team processes. This was supported insofar as such teams reported higher levels of participation and support for innovation. The second hypothesis proposed that large teams would have poorer team processes. This hypothesis was confirmed. The third hypothesis concerned the interaction between size and innovation. The results suggested that large teams operating under a relatively high pressure to innovate have poorer team processes than large teams that do not have a high requirement to innovate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-204
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • team inputs
  • team processes
  • cross industry
  • Portuguese teams
  • innovation
  • Team Climate Inventory
  • TCI
  • team objectives
  • levels of participation
  • support for innovation
  • quality emphases


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