Status Disagreement: Consequences For Group Performance And Group Member Behavior

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The authors explore the phenomenon of status disagreement in groups, which occurs when two group members both believe they have higher status than each other. Across two studies, they investigate the consequences of status disagreements for group performance and group member behavior. In Paper 1, they incite status disagreement in groups working together in the laboratory, and analyze members' behavior using detailed observation from videotape. In Paper 2, they observe naturally occurring status disagreements in group of students working on a longer-term class project, and employ Hierarchical Linear Modeling and the Social Relations Model for behavioral analyses. In both studies, they find a negative association between status disagreement and group performance.

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