Accession Number : AD0771424

Title :   Managing Interpersonal Relations in Task Groups: A Study of Two Contrasting Strategies.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CONN DEPT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES

Personal Author(s) : Kaplan,Robert E.

Report Date : NOV 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 203

Abstract : The report compares the effects of two types of group maintenance on group performance effectiveness and group member experiences. Group maintenance is defined as the way in which interactions among individuals in a group are managed. The two polar types of maintenance examined in the research are: (a) traditional maintenance, distinguished primarily by the strategy of coping with interpersonal issues in the group through suppression, and (b) adaptive maintenance, characterized by the strategy of giving public and direct attention to the interpersonal and emotional phenomena in the group. Two general hypotheses were proposed: (a) adaptive maintenance results in a more fruitful (if more taxing) experience for group members, and (b) adaptive maintenance leads to superior task performance. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Human relations, *Group dynamics, *Management, Suppression, Adaptive systems, Emotions, Hypotheses, Performance(Human), Interactions, Test methods, Experimental data

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE