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Team political skill and team performance
Trier University, Trier, Germany.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8304-5321
University of Cologne, Germany.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Managerial Psychology, ISSN 0268-3946, E-ISSN 1758-7778, Vol. 32, no 3, 239-253 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the relation between team political skill, i.e., the mean level of political skill among team members, and team performance. Specifically, it proposes that the link between team political skill and team performance is ambiguous and contingent upon a common professional background as well as collective team commitment within the team.

Design/methodology/approach: Data from 45 service teams with 295 team members and their supervisors were analyzed. Hypotheses were tested using OLS regression. Findings: The results show that a common professional background and collective team commitment serve as crucial contingencies for the relationship between team political skill and team performance.

Research limitations/implications: This study complements previous individual-level research demonstrating a positive relation between political skill and relevant outcomes by highlighting that the link between team political skill and team performance is ambiguous and contingent upon other team characteristics.

Practical implications: To enhance team performance, managers should carefully consider the interplay between team political skill and other team characteristics when making staffing decisions.

Originality/value: The study highlights the relation of political skill with team performance and points to a potential downside of political skill in organizations.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 32, no 3, 239-253 p.
Keyword [en]
Political skill, Professional background, Team commitment, Team performance
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35305DOI: 10.1108/JMP-03-2016-0074ISI: 000404815900003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85020744442Local ID: IHHÖvrigtISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35305DiVA: diva2:1086762
Available from: 2017-04-04 Created: 2017-04-04 Last updated: 2017-09-13Bibliographically approved

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