The authors appreciate the support of the able research assistants at Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China. This work was supported by the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, (Project Grant #LU3404/05H) to the second author.
Team Training in China: Testing and Applying the Theory of Cooperation and Competition1
Article first published online: 14 JAN 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 101–134, January 2010
How to Cite
Lu, J.-F., Tjosvold, D. and Shi, K. (2010), Team Training in China: Testing and Applying the Theory of Cooperation and Competition. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 101–134. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00565.x
- Issue published online: 14 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 14 JAN 2010
The theory of cooperation and competition has the potential both to understand the conditions when organizational groups are productive and major ways to strengthen these groups. Work teams based in a high-technology company in Beijing, China, participated in a training workshop and a 2-month follow of feedback and development. Structural equation analyses of data taken before and after the workshop support the hypotheses. In addition, results suggest that the training and follow-up activities developed cooperative goals and constructive controversy. Findings also indicate that relationships among groups affected the productivity of individual teams. Results were interpreted as suggesting that cooperative goals and constructive controversy contribute to potent, creative, and productive teams in China and perhaps other countries as well.