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A review of factors affecting individual performance in team environments: Theories and implications for library management

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Purpose ‐ This review aims to compile an interdisciplinary inventory of factors affecting individual performance in team environments. Design/methodology/approach ‐ Research focusing on the performance of the individual within a team from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, business, and library science was analyzed and synthesized. Five online aggregators and a combination of keyword/subject terms were used to locate the research originating primarily from journal literature. Findings ‐ After exploring the research, 12 different performance factors emerged in two primary categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic factors included collective efficacy, social rewards and sanctions, social dilemmas, social loafing, future interdependence, and social identity. Intrinsic factors included individual identity, desire to achieve, member role differences, team size, individual status attainment, and member commitment. Originality/value ‐ There is a substantial amount of research concerning team motivation and production, but there is an apparent dearth related to individual performance factors. This review provides valuable insight for library administrators currently working with teams in their organizations or for those considering it.
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Keywords: Library management; Motivation (Psychology); Performance levels; Team working

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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