THE ROLE OF STATUS DIFFERENTIALS IN GROUP SYNCHRONIZATION

Ya Ru Chen, Sally Blount, Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks

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Abstract

Drawing from findings in sociology and anthropology on time as a symbol of status, this paper examines the role that status differentials affect how group members internally align the pace of their activities over time (group synchronization). We examine the psychological process of group synchronization from the perspective of the individual, the nature of status differentials in work groups, and how one's status within a group affects a person's willingness to adjust the timing of his/her activities to match other people's timing. We then identify three types of status structures within work groups and analyze how each affects the group's ability to synchronize. We close by considering the implications of our approach for better understanding temporal dynamics in work groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTime in Groups
Pages111-133
Number of pages23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

Publication series

NameResearch on Managing Groups and Teams
Volume6
ISSN (Print)1534-0856

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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    Chen, Y. R., Blount, S., & Sanchez-Burks, J. (2003). THE ROLE OF STATUS DIFFERENTIALS IN GROUP SYNCHRONIZATION. In Time in Groups (pp. 111-133). (Research on Managing Groups and Teams; Vol. 6). https://doi.org/10.1016/S1534-0856(03)06006-7