The Changes over Time of Communication Patterns in Team-Level Person-Group Fit
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The current study will be examining the relationships between several aspects of teams and subjective team-level person-group (PG) fit (how people perceive their compatibility with their team members) : The relationship between subjective team-level PG fit and facets of group communication (uniqueness of information shared and centralization of shared information), the relationship between these facets of communication and group performance, and the overall relationship between subjective team-level PG fit and group performance. Centralization of information is the facet of PG fit that refers to which member of the group shares the majority of the information. Uniqueness is the facet of what information participants choose to share with the other members. Data will be collected from a total of 525 undergraduate students at Michigan State University who will be divided into 175 groups of three, all of which have the same condition. Data that will be gathered will include Comparative Emphasis Scale surveys on the values of fairness, helpfulness, concern, and honesty to determine initial subjective team-level PG fit. Data will also include visual and auditory information on group communication derived from groups of three participants that will be completing two different hidden profile tasks which are tasks with a clear correct answer where members hold information that the others do not. The information will be coded for degrees of uniqueness of information shared and centralization of shared information.