“We Do It, but They Don't”: Multiple Categorizations and Work Team Communication

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The present study adopted an intergroup approach to information sharing and ratings of work team communication in a public hospital (N = 142) undergoing large-scale restructuring. Consistent with predictions, ratings of communication followed a double ingroup serving bias: while team members reported sending about the same levels of information to double ingroup members (same work team/same occupational group) as they did to partial ingroup members (same work team/different occupational group), they reported receiving less information from partial ingroup members than from double ingroup members and rated the communication that they received from partial ingroup members as less effective. We discuss the implication of these results for the management of information sharing and organizational communication.

Keywords: Intergroup Communication; Organizational Identity; Social Identification

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00909880600908591

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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