The 2017 GOM Best Paper Awards

gomb_43_4_coverWe would like to congratulate the following winners for their achievements! Below are the abstracts of each outstanding article. Please note that the full articles will be free to read for a limited time.


Group & Organization Management 2017 Best Conceptual Paper Award:

Congratulations to authors, Anastasia Sapegina and Antoinette Weibel of the University of St. Gallen for their outstanding article, “The Good, the Not So Bad, and the Ugly of Competitive Human Resource Practices: A Multidisciplinary Conceptual Framework.”

hiring-1977803_960_720.jpgHuman resource (HR) practices used to inject internal competition into the workplace are the subject of heated debates in business practice; this is however not the case in the field of human resource management (HRM) research. In this article, we first augment previous research in the field to offer an initial conceptualization of competitive HR practices. We then develop a conceptual framework that explains the processes and conditions that drive and determine the impact of competitive HR practices on employees at work. Blending insights from social comparison theory and uncertainty research, we theorize a set of conditions that specify when competitive HR practices unfold their “dark” side, and when the “not so bad” or even “a good side” of competitive HR practices might emerge.


Group & Organization Management 2017 Best Empirical Paper Award:

Congratulations to authors, Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ming Ming Chiu of Purdue University, Zhike Lei of Georgetown University, and Simone Kauffeld of Technische Universität Braunschweig, for their outstanding article, “Understanding Positivity Within Dynamic Team Interactions: A Statistical Discourse Analysis.”

170705-F-XX000-0004Positivity has been heralded for its individual benefits. However, how positivity dynamically unfolds within the temporal flow of team interactions remains unclear. This is an important oversight, as positivity can be key to team problem solving and performance. In this study, we examine how team micro-processes affect the likelihood of positivity occurring within dynamic team interactions. In doing so, we build on and expand previous work on individual positivity and integrate theory on temporal team processes, interaction rituals, and team problem solving. We analyze 43,139 utterances during the meetings of 43 problem-solving teams in two organizations. First, we find that the observed overall frequency of positivity behavior in a team is positively related to managerial ratings of team performance. Second, using statistical discourse analysis, we show that solution-focused behavior and previous positivity within the team interaction process increase the likelihood of subsequent positivity expressions, whereas positivity is less likely after problem-focused behavior. Dynamic speaker switches moderate these effects, such that interaction instances involving more speakers increase the facilitating effects of solutions and earlier positivity for subsequent positivity within team interactions. We discuss the theoretical and managerial implications of micro-level team positivity and its performance benefits.


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