Group Competence: Empirical Insights for the Management of Groups in Dynamic and Complex Situations

By Daniela Gröschke.

Published by Organizational Cultures: An International Journal

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Groups increasingly drive value creation in organizations. Yet, although competence has been described at the individual and organizational level, descriptions of group competence are scarce. In this study, traditional input–process–output group models were extended by using a competence-based approach that offers a multilevel and comprehensive way to study group behavior. A homologous model of competence at the individual and group level of analysis was tested with several game simulations. Empirical results support the validity and applicability of social cognitive theory for a homologous multilevel model of competence. Implications are drawn for the management of groups in dynamic and complex situations.

Keywords: Group Competence, Social Cognitive Theory, Multilevel Model, Homology, Competence, Simulation

Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 549.314KB).

Dr. Daniela Gröschke

Postdoctorial Fellow / Lecturer, Intercultural Business Communication, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany

Daniela Gröschke is Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany. She received her Ph.D. (Management) in 2009 from the Ruhr-University Bochum and her Diploma/Master’s Degree (Psychology) in 2004 from the Technical University of Chemnitz, all in Germany. Her major areas of research are in the field of intercultural competence, intercultural communication, diversity management, and human resource management. She is interested in interdisciplinary work with a special interest in multi-level models and the implementation of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her teaching encompasses intercultural endeavors combining a psychological and management perspective (e.g., intercultural teamwork, organizational communication, intercultural change management). She has published book chapters and peer reviewed articles in these areas.