The effects of team-skills training on transactive memory and performance

Prichard, Jane S. and Ashleigh, Melanie J. (2007) The effects of team-skills training on transactive memory and performance. Small Group Research, 38, (6), 696-726. (doi:10.1177/1046496407304923).


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The existence of effective Transactive Memory Systems (TMS) in teams has been found to enhance task performance. Methods of developing Transactive Memory (TM) are therefore an important focus of research. This study aimed to explore one such method, the use of a generic team-skills training programme to develop TM and subsequent task performance. Sixteen three-member teams were all trained to complete a complex collaborative task, prior to which half the teams (n=8), completed a team-skills training programme. Results confirmed that those teams who had been trained to develop a range of team skills such as problem-solving, interpersonal relationships, goal setting and role allocation, evidenced significantly higher team skill, TM and performance than those who were not trained in such skills. Results are discussed with reference to the wider TM literature and the mechanisms through which team-skills training could facilitate the more rapid development of TM.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/1046496407304923
ISSNs: 1046-4964 (print)
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Keywords: team-skills training, team skill, transactive memory, team development, trust
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 49836
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December 2007Published
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:27

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