Accession Number:

AD0738590

Title:

Performance Effectiveness and Efficiency Under Different Dyadic Work Strategies

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT KNOX KY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

The effects of three task solving strategies upon group efficiency and effectiveness were studied. Sixty soldiers worked in dyads under a shared labor strategy or one of two divided labor strategies. Tasks were a difficult and an easy crossword puzzle. On the average, dividing labor resulted in greater efficiency amount of work per man-hour while requiring Ss to work together resulted in substantially greater group effectiveness total performance, but this effect occurred primarily on the easy task. It was suggested that a high degree of member interdependence maximizes redundancy of task-relevant abilities, resulting in generally superior performance effectiveness but frequently at the cost of efficiency.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE