Accession Number:

AD0603179

Title:

THE EFFECT OF STRUCTURAL ABSTRACTNESS IN INTERPERSONAL STIMULI ON THE LEADERSHIP ROLE.

Descriptive Note:

Rept. no. 3,

Corporate Author:

PRINCETON UNIV N J

Report Date:

1964-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The study was concerned with the effects of the integrative complexity of selected subjects on leadership formation in groups consisting of individuals with high integrative complexity structurally abstract versus those consisting of in dividuals with low integrative complexity structurally concrete in the area of interpersonal stimuli and uncertainty. There were fourteen teams of four subjects -- seven teams of structurally abstract individuals and seven teams of structurally concrete individuals. The experiment was divided into seven periods of playing time. After each period the subjects filled out commander reports that included a scale on which each subject was to rate himself and his three fellow subjects on the amount of leadership that each contributed to the group during the past playing period. It was hypothesized that there should be less leadership changes over group members in the concrete groups, i.e., less substitutablilty of leadership role. Results supporting the hypothesis are presented. This means that the level of integrative complexity of the group members has a predictable effect on the type of leadership structure formed within the group at its early stages of development. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE