THE EFFECT OF TEAM FEEDBACK ON INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE AND SELF-EVALUATION.
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OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER
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The research program was designed to assess the role of team feedback in small-group activity. Team feedback was simulated by telling the subject that he had a partner and that feedback reflected his team performance relative to average performance. Actually, feedback represented the subjects individual tracking performance relative to a criterion, the stringency of which was manipulated experimentally. A stringent criterion produced poor feedback as though the subject had a poor partner, and a lenient criterion simulated a good partner. In general, the subjects performed best with good partners lenient criteria. If one partner was replaced by a poorer partner, the subjects performance was retarded. The subjects accepted the credit for good team scores induced by a lenient criterion, but attributed the blame for poor scores wrought by a stringent criterion to their contrived partners. The data support the thesis that team feedback is an important determinant of individual behavior in the small group. Author