The role of task meaning on output in groups: Experimental evidence

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Previous research has shown a detrimental effect of low task meaning on individual work output. This paper analyzes whether peer settings are able to counteract this negative effect of low task meaning. First, our results confirm that a low level of task meaning decreases individual output when working alone. However, this effect vanishes completely when working in the presence of a peer. Our analysis implies that organizing work in peer settings might be particularly beneficial in work environments with a low level of task meaning.
Original languageEnglish
JournalManagerial and Decision Economics
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)131-141
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 03.2018