Leadership communication during group resource dilemmas

Charles Pavitt, Andrew C. High, Kevin E. Tressler, Jacqueline K. Winslow

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A resource dilemma is a circumstance in which an aggregate of people share a slowly replenishing resource pool out of which each person can harvest for her or his own use. Successful management of a resource pool demands adequate leadership, but the content of leadership-relevant communication and its relationship with group performance and group members' perceptions of their experience has not been examined. In a study of 97 experimental simulations of a group resource dilemma, procedural leadership and three types of substantive leadership (information giving, initiating, and evaluating) were consistently, although weakly, associated with total group harvesting and/or with participant judgments relevant to group cooperation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-531
Number of pages23
JournalSmall Group Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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